1 Corinthians 1:18-31
6:1 Hear what the LORD
says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the
hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD, and you enduring
foundations of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with his
people, and he will contend with Israel.
"O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied
you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from
the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and
O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what
Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to
Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD."
"With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself
before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten
thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my
transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD
require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to
walk humbly with your God?
15:1 O LORD, who may
abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the
truth from their heart;
who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their
friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who
fear the LORD; who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against
the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be moved.
1:18 For the message
about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the
debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God
through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our
proclamation, to save those who believe.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and
foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the
power of God and the wisdom of God.
For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's
weakness is stronger than human strength.
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were
wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God
chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are
not, to reduce to nothing things that are,
so that no one might boast in the presence of God.
He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us
wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and
in order that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts,
boast in the Lord."
5:1 When Jesus saw the
crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his
disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called
children of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness'
sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and
utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in
the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.