The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (ca. AD 54)
1 Cor. 1: 1-17, 10:23 - 13:13
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother
 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,  that in every way you were enriched in him with all speech and all knowledge - -  even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you - -  so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ;  who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.  For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren.  What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ."  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  I am thankful that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius;  lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name.  (I did baptize also the household of Stephanus. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.)  For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1 Cor. 10:23 - 13:13
 "All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all
things build up.  Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.  Eat
whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.
 For "the earth is the Lord's, and everything in it."  If one of the unbelievers invites you
to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you and go without raising any
question on the ground of conscience.  (But if some one says to you, "This has been offered
in sacrifice," then out of consideration for the man who informed you, and for conscience' sake - -
 I mean his conscience, not yours - - do not eat it.) For why should my liberty be determined
by another man's scruples?  If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of
that for which I give thanks?
 So, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,  just as I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
[11: 1] Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.  I commend you because
you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you.
 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her
husband, and the head of Christ is God.  Any man who prays or prophesies with her head
unveiled dishonors her head - - it is the same as if her head were shaven.  For if a woman will
not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or
shaven, let her wear a veil.  For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and
glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.  (For man was not made from woman, but
woman from man.  Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.)  That is
why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels.  (Nevertheless, in the
Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;  for as woman was made from
man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.)  Judge for yourselves; is
it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?  Does not nature itself teach
you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him,  but if a woman has long hair, it is
her pride? For her hair is given to her for a covering.  If any one is disposed to be
contentious, we recognize no other practice, nor do the churches of God.
 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.  For, in the first place, when you assemble as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it,  for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.  When you meet together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat.  For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal, and one is hungry and another is drunk.  What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,  and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."  In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged.  But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another - -  if any one is hungry, let him eat at home - - lest you come together to be condemned. About the other things I will give directions when I come.
[12: 1] Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be
uninformed.  You know that when you were heathen, you were led astray to dumb idols,
however you may have been moved.  Therefore I want you to understand that no one
speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord"
except by the Holy Spirit.
 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;  and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;  and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - - and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.  And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?  But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  If all were a single organ, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."  On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable,  and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,  which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so adjusted the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part,  that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.  And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?  Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?  But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.
[13: 1] If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all
mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love,
I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not
love, I gain nothing.
 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;  it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 Love never ends; as for prophecy, it will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;  but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.  So faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (ca. AD 55)
2 Cor. 11:16-29
 I repeat, let no one think me foolish; but even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I
too may boast a little.  (What I am saying I say not with the Lord's authority but as a fool, in
this boastful confidence;  since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.  For you
gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!  For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you,
or preys upon you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.  To
my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!
But whatever anyone else dares to boast of - - I am speaking as a fool - - I also dare to boast of that.  Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendents of Abraham? So am I.  Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one - - I am talking like a madman - - with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.  Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.  Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea;  on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren;  in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.  And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.  Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?
The Letter of Paul to the Galatians (ca. AD 53)
Gal. 3: 23-29
 Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith
should be revealed.  So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might
be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; 
for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  For as many of you as were
baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave
nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are
Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.