Korinthians A 6


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Excerpt from my 2004 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Korinthians which begins at And Now For Something Completely Different….

My 2012 translation of John’s first epistle begins at John A.

My 2015 translation of John’s second epistle begins at John B.

My 2015 translation of John’s third epistle begins at John Γ.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which begins at To The Thessalonians A.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s letter to The Romans begins at To the Romans.

My 2004 translation of Mark’s gospel begins at Mark 1.

My 2004 translation of John’s gospel begins at Start With John, along with a brief explanation of my interpretive approach.

[Now, speaking of judgement…]

6 1 It is nonsense [that] some of you, having matters against one another, go to be judged by the unrighteous and not by the saints. 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if by you the world is judged, are you unworthy of judging the least things? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels, if not indeed issues of life?

4 If then, on the one hand, you have jurisdiction over life issues, why don’t you let those of lowest stature in the church sit [in judgement]? 5 For shame I say [this] to you. Is there not, I wonder [ουτως] [even] one of you [who is] not wise, who is able to judge in the midst of his brothers? 6 Rather, brother judges against brother and this in front of unbelievers!

7 Already there is complete defeat among you because you have this judgmental attitude with each other. Why not rather let yourself be wronged? Why not rather let yourself be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves act unjustly and rob each other, and this [you do to] brothers! 9 Do you not know that unjust people will not inherit the kingdom of god? Do not be deceived; no pimps, no idolaters, no adulterers, no passive aggressive jerks, 10 no thieves, no greedy [pigs], no drunkards, no one who is abusive, no rapists will inherit the kingdom of god. 11 And some [of you] were these things; but you have been washed clean, but you have been dedicated [‘sanctified,’ ‘made holy’], but you have been acquitted [‘justified’] in the name of our lord Jesus Christ and by the spirit of god.

12 All things are permissible for me but not all things are beneficial; all things are permissible for me but I will not be compelled by a thing. 13 Food for the belly and the belly for food but even ‘this and that’ god will overrule [or, ‘even both these (food) and those (the belly) will god render useless (in the end)]. Now, the body is not for perversion but for the lord, and the lord for the body; 14 and god raised up the lord and will also raise us by means of his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are [corporeal] parts of Christ? Taking, then, the integral part of Christ, will you make [it] a part of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 [Or, sic] Do you not know that one who unites with a prostitute is one body [with her]? for [scripture] says, “The two will be one skin [‘flesh’].” [It is unavoidable that Paul is showing a cultural bias in this teaching, because prostitution was legal in Rome; compare 1 Cor 10:23-33, where Paul teaches that formerly taboo behaviours are permissible.]

17 Now, the one who is united to the lord is one in spirit [with him]. 18 Flee from perversion. Every sin that a man might do is outside the body; but perversion is a sin against one’s own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple for the holy spirit, which is in you, whom you have from god, and you are not your own? 20 For you are bought with a price; so honor god with your body.


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This translation was taken from The Greek New Testament, Kurt Aland, et. al. eds., Third Edition (corrected), United Bible Societies, (in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, Münster/Westphalia, Printed in West Germany by Biblia-Druck GmbH Stuttgart),1983.

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Korinthians A 5


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Excerpt from my 2004 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Korinthians which begins at And Now For Something Completely Different….

My 2012 translation of John’s first epistle begins at John A.

My 2015 translation of John’s second epistle begins at John B.

My 2015 translation of John’s third epistle begins at John Γ.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which begins at To The Thessalonians A.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s letter to The Romans begins at To the Romans.

My 2004 translation of Mark’s gospel begins at Mark 1.

My 2004 translation of John’s gospel begins at Start With John, along with a brief explanation of my interpretive approach.

5 1 The entire group of you has heard about the sexual perversion, and such perversion as is unheard of even among the gentiles, that someone has the wife of his father. 2 And you yourselves are huffing and puffing [over it] but are you not [rather] extremely mortified that the doer of this deed has not been removed from your midst? 3 For I myself, while far away in the body [but] near in the spirit, I have already judged as if near [in body] the one who did this thing. 4 [I have judged] in the name of the lord Jesus, when you were gathered together, and me with [you] in spirit by the power of our lord Jesus, 5 to give this one over to satan for destruction of the body, so that the spirit might be saved in the day of the lord.

6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new dough, so that you are unleavened; for indeed our passover, Christ, has been sacrificed. 8 And this we celebrate not with old leaven or leaven of cowardice and wickedness, but with leaven of purity and truthfulness.

9 I wrote you in the [last] letter not to associate with whoremongers – 10 not all the pimps of the world or the greedy and thieving, or idolaters, else you would be obliged to go out of the world. 11 Now, I am writing to you not to associate with some [particular] brother, if he is identified with perversion or greediness or idolatry or abusiveness or drunkenness or thievery, with such [ones] do not even eat together. 12 For what [is it] to me to judge those outside [our community]? Do you not judge those within? 13 But god will judge those outside. Cast the wicked out from among you. [Deut 17:7; 19:19; 22:21, 24; 24:7] [Paul later repents of this harsh stance, cf. 2 Cor 2:5ff, esp. v 7.]


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This translation was taken from The Greek New Testament, Kurt Aland, et. al. eds., Third Edition (corrected), United Bible Societies, (in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, Münster/Westphalia, Printed in West Germany by Biblia-Druck GmbH Stuttgart),1983.

Korinthians A 4


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Excerpt from my 2004 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Korinthians which begins at And Now For Something Completely Different….

My 2012 translation of John’s first epistle begins at John A.

My 2015 translation of John’s second epistle begins at John B.

My 2015 translation of John’s third epistle begins at John Γ.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which begins at To The Thessalonians A.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s letter to The Romans begins at To the Romans.

My 2004 translation of Mark’s gospel begins at Mark 1.

My 2004 translation of John’s gospel begins at Start With John, along with a brief explanation of my interpretive approach.

4 1 Therefore, let us estimate ourselves, to a man, as servants of Christ and managers of god’s mystery. 2 So from now on, examine yourselves as managers, so that one [τις] is found faithful. 3 As far as I am concerned [or, ‘now as for me, εμοι δε] I [am] one of the least [or, ‘to me it is the least concern whether…’] so that though I am judged by you or by human standards, I on the other hand, do not judge myself. 4 For I do not fully understand myself, however I am not condemned because of this, rather the one who judges me is [the] lord.

5 Likewise, do not judge someone prematurely before the lord comes, who will both enlighten the hidden things of darkness and bring to light the intentions of the hearts [βουλας των καρδιων]; and then the approval [or ‘dread,’ wordplay on επαινος] will come to each [as deserved] from god.

6 Now, I have created these metaphors [μετασχημα, ‘paradigms’] of myself and of Apollo so that you might learn by us the [things which are] not above the law, to the end that one will not, in behalf of another, be puffed up [i.e., with pride] against the other. 7 For who is it that makes distinctions [among] you? What do you have that you did not receive? and moreover, if you received, why do you boast as if you did not receive? 8 Already you are glutted, already you are rich…you were made kings without us; and indeed, you ought to be kings, and we also should be kings together with you. 9 For I think god displayed we apostles very last like those who are condemned to death, because we have become a spectacle [‘a grand finale,’ θεατρον – ‘theatre’] to the world and to angels and to men. 10 We are fools because of Christ, but you are brilliant (geniuses) by Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you have a great reputation, but we are disgraceful. 11 Up to this very hour we hunger and thirst and we are naked and beaten about the head and [our lives] are uncertain 12 and we are exhausted, wearily working, earning our keep with our bare hands; being abusively reviled we reply with blessing, being harassed we endure patiently, 13 being viciously slandered we cheer them on! [παρακαλεω]; we have become outcasts of the world, like dust under everyone’s feet, even now.

14 I am not writing these things to make you feel bad but rather to remind [you, in a ‘warning’ kind of way, νουθετω(ν)] as my beloved children 15 that [even] though you have a million ‘slave tutors’ in Christ [‘the slave who went with a boy from home to school and back again,’ (Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1958), παιδαγωγους], [you have] not many fathers; for in [the name of] Christ Jesus on account of the gospel [which I preached to you] I have become your father. 16 So let me encourage you, become imitators of me. 17 To demonstrate this I am sending Timothy to you, who is my beloved child and [who is] faithful in the lord, who will remind you [as from memory, αναμνησει] of my ways [which are] in Christ Jesus, exactly as everywhere in every church I am teaching.

18 Now some of you were snorting [like proud horses] as if I would not come to you; 19 but I will come to you faster than the speed of light [ταχεως] if the lord so desires, and I will make known the word, not as of those windbags [φυσιοω, ‘to puff up’], but [the prophetic word] of power; 20 for the kingdom of god [is] not in a word but in power. 21 What would you prefer? Shall I come to you with a switch or in a loving spirit with gentle counsel?


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This translation was taken from The Greek New Testament, Kurt Aland, et. al. eds., Third Edition (corrected), United Bible Societies, (in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, Münster/Westphalia, Printed in West Germany by Biblia-Druck GmbH Stuttgart),1983.

Korinthians A 3


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Excerpt from my 2004 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Korinthians which begins at And Now For Something Completely Different….

My 2012 translation of John’s first epistle begins at John A.

My 2015 translation of John’s second epistle begins at John B.

My 2015 translation of John’s third epistle begins at John Γ.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which begins at To The Thessalonians A.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s letter to The Romans begins at To the Romans.

My 2004 translation of Mark’s gospel begins at Mark 1.

My 2004 translation of John’s gospel begins at Start With John, along with a brief explanation of my interpretive approach.

3 1 Now brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but rather, as [the exact opposite, σαρκινοις] ‘carnal’, as babies in Christ. 2 I fed you milk not meat; for you were not yet able [i.e., to eat meat, metaphorically]. But neither yet now are you able [emphatic, ‘you are still not able’], 3 for you are still σαρκικοι ‘carnal.’ For when there is among you jealousy and rivalry, are you not σαρκικοι and walking the human walk? [κατα ανθρωπον περιπατειτε, ‘like men walking about’] 4 For while someone is saying, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another [says], ‘I am of Apollo,’ are you not being human?

5 Who is Apollo? Who is Paul? [I’ll tell you who they are…] Teachers through whom you believed, and [moreover] each [only] as the lord gave [ability]. 6 I planted, Apollo watered but god gave the increase; 7 so that neither the one who plants nor the one who waters [is] anyone [τε] but rather, [it is] god who makes it grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters are the same [εν, ‘one’], and each will receive his own reward according to his own work; 9 for we are workers together with god, ‘gardeners of god,’ [and] you are god’s estate.

10 According to the grace which was given to me as a wise architect I set a foundation and others built upon it. Now let each one look out how he builds. 11 For no other foundation can be set against the one [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 So if anyone builds upon the foundation whether gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay [or] stubble, 13 the work of each will be openly displayed, for the day [of judgement] will declare that by fire [their work] will be revealed [unveiled]; and the fire will prove what sort is the work of each. 14 If anyone’s work remains which he built, he will receive a reward; 15 if someone’s work is burned, he will be punished, but he will be saved, and this is because of the fire [‘testing’].

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of god and the spirit of god lives [‘makes a home’] in you? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of god, god will destroy him; for the temple of god is holy, which you are. 18 Don’t fool yourself; if anyone thinks he is wise among you in this age, let him become foolish, so that he might become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness [μωρια, ‘moronic’] next to god. For it is written:

He traps the wise in their cleverness; [Job 5:3]

20 and again

The lord knows the conversation of the wise [sic]
that it is trivial
[Ps 94:11]

21 Therefore let no one boast among men; for all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollo or Kephas [Peter], whether the universe or life or death, whether things real or probable; all is yours, 23 and you are Christ’s and Christ is god’s.


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This translation was taken from The Greek New Testament, Kurt Aland, et. al. eds., Third Edition (corrected), United Bible Societies, (in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, Münster/Westphalia, Printed in West Germany by Biblia-Druck GmbH Stuttgart),1983.

Korinthians A 2

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Excerpt from my 2004 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Korinthians which begins at And Now For Something Completely Different….

My 2012 translation of John’s first epistle begins at John A.

My 2015 translation of John’s second epistle begins at John B.

My 2015 translation of John’s third epistle begins at John Γ.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which begins at To The Thessalonians A.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s letter to The Romans begins at To the Romans.

My 2004 translation of Mark’s gospel begins at Mark 1.

My 2004 translation of John’s gospel begins at Start With John, along with a brief explanation of my interpretive approach.

2 1 And when I came to you, brothers, I did not come like ‘with excellent locution or wisdom proclaiming to you the mystery of god.’ 2 No, I chose not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and this one crucified. 3 And I in weakness and in fear and much trembling was with you, 4 and my teaching and my publication [was] not by persuasive sophistry but by spiritual proof and power, 5 so that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of god. 6 So let us speak wisdom among the mature, a wisdom not of this age neither of the rulers of this age who are being replaced [‘set aside,’ ‘laid off’]; 7 rather, let us speak god’s wisdom by a mystery which has been hidden, which god defined beforehand, before eternity, as a trust for us, 8 which none of the leaders of this age knew about; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory[!] 9 But to confirm [καθως], according to scripture:

Eye has not seen and ear not heard
and upon the heart of man has not mounted
what god has prepared for those who love him.

[Isa 64:4; 52:15; Sir 1:10 The reference to Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) seems to be thematic, as Paul is speaking about ‘wisdom.’ Further, it is interesting to note the authority level of apocryphal texts before the canonization of the Bible. Paul sites this text as an authoritative, inspired word of God.]

10 But god has revealed [it] to us through the spirit; for the spirit longs for [understanding; i,e, ‘searches’ for learning of] all things, even the depths of god. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which [is] in him? Likewise also, no one knows the things of god except the spirit of god. 12 Now, we did not receive the spirit of the world but rather, the spirit [which is] from god [‘out of god,’ εκ του θεου], in order that we might know the things from deep within god [υπο, ‘from under,’ cf. Βαθος, ‘depths,’ above] which are freely given to us; 13 and what we speak is not by teaching of human sophistry [σοφιας λογοις] but rather, by spiritual teaching, comparing spirits with spiritual things. 14 Now the soul [ψυχικω, ‘psyche’] of a man does not accept the spiritual things of god; for it is foolishness to him and he is not able to know [‘understand’] that he is being examined [‘judged,’ ανακρινεται] by the spirit; 15 now [as I said] the spirit examines everything, but he himself is examined by no one.

16 For who knows the mind of the lord,
who will teach him?
[Isa 40:13 LXX]

But we have the mind of Christ.

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This translation was taken from The Greek New Testament, Kurt Aland, et. al. eds., Third Edition (corrected), United Bible Societies, (in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, Münster/Westphalia, Printed in West Germany by Biblia-Druck GmbH Stuttgart),1983.