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1 Corinthians 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:1 - But I, brothers,[fn] could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:2 - I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:3 - for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:4 - For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:5 - What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:6 - I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:7 - So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:8 - He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:9 - For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:10 - According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled[fn] master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:11 - For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:12 - Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:13 - each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:14 - If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:15 - If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:16 - Do you not know that you[fn] are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:17 - If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:18 - Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:19 - For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:20 - and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:21 - So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:22 - whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 3:23 - and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters
Or wise
The Greek for you is plural in verses 16 and 17

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