1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 15:12-15:20

12 Now if Christ be preached
that he rose from the dead,

        how say some among you
        that there is no resurrection of the dead?

                13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead,
                then is Christ not risen:
                14 And if Christ be not risen,
                then is our preaching vain,
                and your faith is also vain.

1 Corinthians 14:33-14:36

33. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,
as in all churches of the saints.

        34. Let your women keep silence in the churches:
        for it is not permitted unto them to speak;
        but they are commanded to be under obedience
        as also saith the law.

                35. And if they will learn any thing,
                let them ask their husbands at home:

        for it is a shame
        for women to speak in the church.

1 Corinthians 1:17-2:2

In this pericope, Bailey identifies the chiasmsus, contrasting the preaching of flowery rhetoric to the simple but powerful preaching of the cross of Jesus Christ. Preaching the cross of Jesus Christ forms the crux of this passage, and it is surrounded by undermining the effectiveness of wise words.

Basic outline

I. Wise words and wise people are inadequate [Needed: the cross] (1:17-20)

    II. The Power and wisdom of God in the Cross (1:21-26a)

III. Wise words and wise people are inadequate [Needed: the cross] (1:26b-2:2)


1 Corinthians 1:21-1:26

21. For after that in the wisdom of God
the world by wisdom knew not God,

        it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching
        to save them that believe.

                22. For the Jews require a sign,
                and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

                        23. But we preach
                        Christ crucified,

                unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
                and unto the Greeks foolishness;

1 Corinthians 2:3-2:10

3. And I was with you in weakness,
and in fear, and in much trembling.
4. And my speech and my preaching
was not with enticing words of man's wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5. That your faith should not stand
in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.

6. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:
yet not the wisdom of this world,
nor of the princes of this world,
that come to nought:

1 Corinthians 2:7-2:10

7. But we speak the wisdom of God
in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,

        which God ordained
        before the world unto our glory:

                8. Which none of the princes
                of this world knew:

                        for had they known it,
                        they would not have crucified
                        the Lord of glory.

1 Corinthians 3:5-3:9

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

        6. I have planted,
        Apollos watered;
        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.

1 Corinthians 3:18-4:7

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.
19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

        For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
        20. And again,
        The Lord knoweth
        the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
        21. Therefore let no man glory in men.

1 Corinthians 5:12-6:8

12. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without?
do not ye judge them that are within?
13. But them that are without God judgeth.
Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

        6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another,
        go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

1 Corinthians 6:1-6:4

1. Dare any of you, having a matter against another,
go to law before the unjust,
and not before the saints?

        2. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?
        and if the world shall be judged by you,
        are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

        3. Know ye not that we shall judge angels?
        how much more things that pertain to this life?