1 Corinthians - Chapter 3


The King James Version Basic English Version (BBE)

1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

1 And the teaching I gave you, my brothers, was such as I was able to give, not to those who have the Spirit, but to those who are still in the flesh, even to children in Christ.

2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

2 I gave you milk and not meat, because you were, then, unable to take it, and even now you are not able;

3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

3 Because you are still in the flesh: for when there is envy and division among you, are you not still walking after the way of the flesh, even as natural men?

4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

4 For when one says, I am of Paul; and another says, I am of Apollos; are you not talking like natural men?

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

5 What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? They are but servants who gave you the good news as God gave it to them.

6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

6 I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God gave the increase.

7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

7 So then the planter is nothing, and the waterer is nothing; but God who gives the increase.

8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

8 Now the planter and the waterer are working for the same end: but they will have their separate rewards in the measure of their work.

9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

9 For we are workers with God: you are God's planting, God's building.

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

10 In the measure of the grace given to me, I, as a wise master-builder, have put the base in position, and another goes on building on it. But let every man take care what he puts on it.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

11 For there is no other base for the building but that which has been put down, which is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

12 But on the base a man may put gold, silver, stones of great price, wood, dry grass, cut stems;

13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

13 Every man's work will be made clear in that day, because it will be tested by fire; and the fire itself will make clear the quality of every man's work.

14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

14 If any man's work comes through the test, he will have a reward.

15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

15 If the fire puts an end to any man's work, it will be his loss: but he will get salvation himself, though as by fire.

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

16 Do you not see that you are God's holy house, and that the Spirit of God has his place in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

17 If anyone makes the house of God unclean, God will put an end to him; for the house of God is holy, and you are his house.

18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

18 Let no man have a false idea. If any man seems to himself to be wise among you, let him become foolish, so that he may be wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolish before God. As it is said in the holy Writings, He who takes the wise in their secret designs:

20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

20 And again, The Lord has knowledge of the reasonings of the wise, that they are nothing.

21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

21 So let no one take pride in men. For all things are yours;

22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

22 Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

23 And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's.




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