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I Corinthians 3

1 And I brothers, was unable to speak to you as to spiritual [ones], but as to fleshly as babes in Christ. 2 I fed you milk, not [solid] food, for you were not yet able. But neither are you now yet able. 3 For you are yet fleshly. For where [there is] among you jealousy and strife, and divisions, aren't you fleshly and walking according to man? 4 For when anyone says: I am of Paul, but another: I [am] of Apollo, aren't you [being] men? 5 Who therefore is Apollo, or who is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, and to each [one] as the Lord gave. 6 I planted, Apollo watered, but God made [it] grow. 7 So that neither is the [one] planting anything nor the [one] watering, but [rather] the [one] making [it] grow—God. 8 So the [one] planting and the [one] watering are one [thing], and each will receive his own reward according to his own work. 9 For we are co-workers of God, you are the field of God, the building of God. 10 According to the grace of God given me as [a] wise masterbuilder have I placed the foundation, but another built upon [it] Let1 each be seeing how he builds upon [it]. 11 For another foundation no one is able to place besides the [one] having been laid, which is Christ Jesus. 12 So if anyone builds upon the foundation [with] gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw, 13 the work of each will become manifest. For the day will show [it], because it is revealed in fire, and the fire itself will test the work of each, what sort it is. 14 If any work abides which he built, he will receive reward. 15 If any work is burnt up, he will suffer loss2 , but he himself will be saved, but thus as through fire. 16 Don't you know that you are [the] temple of God, and the spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone corrupts the temple of God, God will corrupt this [one]. For the temple of God is holy, which you are.

18 Let1 no one be deceiving himself: if anyone supposes [he] is wise among you in this age, let1 him become foolish, in order that he become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written:

[He is] the [one] grasping the wise in their craftiness.

20 And again:

[The] Lord knows the reasonings of the wise,
That they are futile.

21 So let1 no one be boasting among men, for everything is yours, 22 whether of Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas3, or world, or zoe-life4 , or death, or [things] present, or [things] [about] to be, all [are] yours, 23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.


2ZEMIOO "zeh-mi-AW-oh" (ζημιoω) to suffer the loss of something which one has previously possessed, with the emphasis on the hardship that this causes.

3another name for Peter

4from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.