3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you [GBT: could not speak unto you, brethren] as unto spiritual [G: +men], but as unto carnal, even as [T: +it were] unto babes in Christ.      qtext

3:2 I have fed you with milk, [GBT: Gave you milk to drink] and not with [GBT omit] meat: for hitherto ye were not [G: ye were not yet; BT: ye then were not] able to bear it [BT: strong], neither yet now are ye able [B: neither are ye as yet; T: no neither yet are].      qtext

3:3 For ye are yet [B omits] carnal: for whereas [B: Seeing then; T; As long verily as] there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions [B: sects; T: dissension], are ye not carnal, and walk as [T: after the manner of] men?      qtext


(1 Cor 3:1) GF6: 472; GF7: 23 [15]; JN2: 281; RBAF 31n

(1 Cor 3:2) JN2: 314; HPS 36

(1 Cor 3:3-9)

(1 Cor 3:3-5) IP3: 118

(1 Cor 3:3) GF7: 76 [63]; JN2: 281; IP2: 89


(1 Cor 3:1)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:1: GF6:472 (1 Cor 10:11), GF7:23f (Mat 4:9f)]

(1 Cor 3:2)

HPS 36 (Sarah Jones, 1650): So cease thy mourning, thy weeping babe, that mourns in secret for manifestations from thy beloved, as thou hast had in days past; for I can testify unto thee by experioence, whosever thou art in that state, that he is bringing thee nerarer him, for that was but milk which he fed thee with whist thou was weak [1 Cor 3:2], but he will feed thee with the Word from whence that milk proceedeth [1 Pet 2:2].... [continued under Gen 27:1-13]

(1 Cor 3:3)

IP2:89 (1660): [quotes John 3:8] Now he that is begotten and brought forth by a free breath of the Spirit, shall not the same Spirit guide and lead him out of the world to the Father, out of the love of it, out of the customs, fashion, worships, and whole course of it? They are not of the world saith Christ, even as I am not of the world , John 17:14. They walk not as men, or according to men, 1 Cor 3:3.


3:4 For while [T: As long as] one saith, I am of Paul [G: am Paul's; T: hold of Paul] ; and another, I am of [G omits] Apollos; are ye not carnal?      qtext

[1 Cor 3:4, cf 1 Cor 1:12]

3:5 Who then is Paul, [G: Who is Paul then? BT: What is Paul?] and who [B: What; T: What thing] is Apollos, but ministers [BT: ? Only ministers are they] by whom ye believed, even [G: and] as the Lord gave to every man? [T: every man grace.]

3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.      qtext

3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth [T: which gave] the increase.

3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and [T: neither better than the other.] every man [T: +yet] shall receive his own reward [G: wages; BT: reward] according to his own [GBT omit] labour.

3:9 For we are labourers together with God [GBT: together (T omits) are God's labourers]: ye are God's husbandry, ye are [G: and] God's building.      qtext


(1 Cor 3:4-9) IP1: 387; RBA 361; RBAF 315

(1 Cor 3:4) GF7: 266 [240]; GF8: 135 [343], 138 [343]; GFEJ 354 [cf 1 Cor 1:12]

(1 Cor 3:6) GFJN 263; GF5: 279f; GF6: 476; GF7: 245 [331]; GF8: 14 [268], 48 [299], 120 [321], 122 [332], 123 [333], 132 [340], 201 [371], 217 [378], 232 [384]; MFU 258; IP2: 20; WPR 577; WPT 360

(1 Cor 3:9) GF6: 232; GF8: 28 [279]; MFU 389


(1 Cor 3:4)

GF8:135 (1676): Friends, in the power and image and truth and wisdom of God, who are come under God and Christ's teaching, (the heavenly and spiritual man [1 Cor 15:47],) do not you strive about men, like the carnal Corinthians, that cried, I am of Paul, and I am of Apollos [1 Cor 3:4]. And they that do so, leave them to themselves, after you have admonished them to keep to the light, grace, and faith that comes from Christ; if they will not hear it, nor him, nor you, then I say, they must be left to themselves [Mat 18:17].

(1 Cor 3:6f)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:6f: GF5:279f (Mat 16:5-12 | Mar 8:23-21), GF8:201 (Mat 11:29), GF8:232 (Rom 14:13), MFU 258 (John 15:1f)]

GFJN 263 (1656). Bring all to the worship of God. Plough up the fallow ground [Hos 10:12].... And none are ploughed up but he who comes to the principle of God in him which he hath transgressed. Then he doth service to God; then the planting and the watering and the increase from God cometh [1 Cor 3:6f].

IP2:20 (1660): Indeed [the apostles] could command obedience to the faith: what truths the Spirit of the Lord revealed and taught any man, they could charge him in the name of the Lord to be faithful to. Rom 1:5. But they knew it was God alone who could ingraft the truth into the heart and conscience, and also give the increase of it [1 Cor 3:6f]; and so from him alone they expected it; waiting in patience on the sutbborn and perverse, till God should please to work on them, 2 Tim 2:24f, and likewise on those that were convinced, and had subjected themselves to the faith, for his increase of it.

(1 Cor 3:9)

MFU 389 (1665): And so here is his glorious & pure church and house of Jacob, which is his building, over which he reigns for ever [Luk 1:33], for the Father is your husbandman [John 15:1], and you are his husbandry [1 Cor 3:9], so that we have a city whose builder and maker is God [Heb 11:10], and so ye are God's building [1 Cor 3:9], which is made of living stones [1 Pet 2:5], where he takes delight to dwell and where his presence shines for ever....


3:10 According to the grace of God which is [GBT omit] given unto me, as a wise [G: skillful] masterbuilder [T: builder], I have [BT: have I] laid the foundation, and another buildeth [T : built] thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon [G: upon it; BT: upon].      qtext

3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that [GT: +which; B: +that] is laid, which is Jesus Christ.      qtext

3:12 Now [G: And; BT omit] if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood [GBT: timber], hay, stubble;      qtext

3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest [BT: appear]: for the day shall declare it, because [T: and] it shall be revealed by [GB: +the; T: shewed in] fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort [BT: what] it is.      qtext

3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon [GBT: that he haty built upon abide], he shall receive a reward [G: wages].

3:15 If any man's work shall be burned [GBT: burn], he shall suffer loss [G: lose] : but he himself shall be saved [GBT: shall be saved (BT: saved) himself] ; yet so as by [GBT: as it were by the (BT: through)] fire.      qtext


(1 Cor 3:10-13) DGA 73

(1 Cor 3:10) GF6: 473; GF7: 295 [249]; GF8: 137 [343]? JN2: 178; IP3: 200; DFR 98

(1 Cor 3:10f) GFT 222; DGA 179

(1 Cor 3:11-13) GF3: 466

(1 Cor 3:11) GFJN 603; GF6: 369; GF7: 212 [213], 244 [230], 348 [264]; GF8: 37 [288], 60 [308], 127 [336], 128 [337], 130 [338], 209 [372] MFS 39; JN2: 468; IP3: 117, 226; RBA 82; WTG 356 (AM) [cf Mat 7:24-27]

(1 Cor 3:12) IP4: 174, 187

(1 Cor 3:13) GF3: 254, 494; GF7: 80 [67], 225 [221]; MFU 210; JN1: 68, 94; JN2: 226; JN3: 723 (RR)

(1 Cor 3:15) MFU 178


(1 Cor 3:10)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:10: IP3:200 (Luk 14:28)]

GF6:473 (16 ): And all you outward professors of the letter in Christendom, that look upon yourselves the wise master builders [1 Cor 3:10], do not you hate the true light the life in Christ, by which he enlightens every one that comes into the world [John 1:9], and do not own it? Then they must be blind builders. [more in this vein]

DFR 98 (1768): If all would keep under the cross, be humble in mind, and filled with pure love, and holy fear, with eyes kept steady and singly [Mat 6:22] to the honor of the Master Builder [1 Cor 3:10], I am satisfied skill and wisdom would be given sufficient for every purpose....

(1 Cor 3:11-13)

[DGA 73: see under 1 Cor 14:40]

GF3:466 (1659): P. He said, "that the scripture was the foundation of foundations." A. Here thou hast thrown out Christ, who is the tried stone, and the sure foundation [Isa 28:16], and not the scripture; but the scriptures declare of it by the prophets and the apostles; and no other foundation can any man lay but what is laid, Christ Jesus [1 Cor 3:11]. And thou hast laid another foundation, and so art contrary to the prophets and apostles, and thy work will come into the fire [1 Cor 3:13]....

(1 Cor 3:11)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:11: GF8:127 (John 4:14), GF8:130 (Rev 13:8), IP3:117 (Mat 7:24f), IP3:226 (1 Cor 10:4)]

RBA 82 (1678, III.9): ...we do firmly believe that there is no other gospel or doctrine to be preached, but that which was delivered by the apostles [quote Gal 1:8f].... So we distinguish betwixt a revelation of a new gospel, and new doctrines, and a new revelation of the good old Gospel and doctrines; the last we plead for, but the first we utterly deny. For we firmly believe, that "no other foundation can any man lay, than that which is laid already [1 Cor 3:11]." But that this revelation is necessary we have already proved....

WTG 356 (Ann Moore, 1761): [continued from under Mat 16:18f)]: This is the rock and foundation which God hath laid and another foundation can no man lay than that which is already laid [1 Cor 3:11]; if thou will mind this no man can deceive thee.

(1 Cor 3:12)

IP4:174 (1667): It is true; ye have rejected some wood, hay, and stubble [1 Cor 3:12]; and we acknowledge the Lord's goodness to you, in that ye have gone so far. Yea, but there is yet more to be rejected; and all imitations, and knowledges, and interpretations of scripture out of the pure life, are to be laid aside; and the Spirit of the Lord waited upon, in the light which is of him; to which the mind is to be turned from the darkness, and in which it is to abide. Now, here ye are very short; not so much as to come to the outward owning or understanding of the way; so far are ye from walking therein.

(1 Cor 3:13)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:13: GF7:225 (John 10:13), MFU 210 (John 3:5)]

JN1:68 (1653): Now, all professors and people, consider your conditions; you have been long hearers and professors, but what have your fruits been? "Herein is my Father glorified, that you bring forth much fruit [John 15:8]." But now, you fruitless trees, you must be cut down and cast into the fire [Mat 3:10]; for all men's works must be tried by fire [1 Cor 3:13]; and then woe unto you who have taken pleasure in sin; repent and return to the Lord betime, that you may find mercy, for your destruction is of yourselves.

(1 Cor 3:15)

MFU 178 (1656): To that in thy conscience I speak which will witness for me and against thee, and against thy dissembling and hypocrisy; thou sayest, "we shall be saved, though by fire" [1 Cor 3:15]. Silence flesh [Zech 2:13], for there is no safety for thee, for thou art for condemnation & destruction by the fire, and the fire thou know not nor cannot witness, but thou shalt know it to the destruction of that, which speaks in thee before ever though know the living God; for he dwells in the everlasting burning [Isa 33:14].


3:16 Know ye not [T: Are ye not ware] that ye are the temple of God, and [T: +how] that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?      qtext

3:17 If any man defile [G: destroy] the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple [G omits] ye are.      qtext


(1 Cor 3:16-18) GF6: 264

(1 Cor 3:16) GFJN 8, 107, 109; GF3: 34, 233; GF7: 27 [19], 204 [206], 332 [264]; DGA 156; MFS 24; JN2: 229; IP1: 45; IP4: 87, 202; RBA 41, 126; RBAF 31, 91; EQ 507 (GF), 530 (BR); HPS 385 (EB); WPT 148

(1 Cor 3:16f) GFJN 417; GF6: 407; GF8: 5 [265]; MFS 27; JN1: 19, 221; JN2: 5, 350, 546; JN3: 431, 447; IP3: 229 [cf 2 Cor 6:16]

(1 Cor 3:17) MFS 92; JN1: 192, 278; IP3: 85; IP4: 252


(1 Cor 3:16)

GFJN 8 ([1647]): At another time it was opened in me, ''that God who made the world did not dwell in temples made with hands.'' [Acts 17:24] This at the first seemed strange, because both priests and people used to call their temples or churches, dreadful places, holy ground [Exo 3:5], and the temples of God. But the Lord showed me clearly, that he did not dwell in these temples which men had commanded and set up, but in people's hearts. Both Stephen and the apostle Paul bore testimony, that he did not dwell in temples made with hands [Acts 7:48, Heb 9:24], not even in that which he had once commanded to be built, since he put an end to the typical dispensation; but that his people were his temple, and he dwelt in them [1 Cor 3:16].

RBA 125f, RBAF 91 (1678, V/VI.16): indeed the great cause of the apostasy hath been that man hath sought to fathom the things of God, in and by the natural and rational principle, and to build up a religion in it, neglecting and overlooking this principle and seed of God in the heart; so that herein, in the most universal and catholikc sense, hath antichrist in every man "set up himself, and sitteth in the temple of God, as God, and above every thing that is called God [2 Th 2:4]." For men being "the temple of the Holy Ghost" ... (1 Cor 3:16), when the rational principle sets up itself there, above the seed of God, to reign and rule as a prince in spiritual things, while the holy seed is wounded and bruised, there is Antichrist in every man, or somewhat exalted above and against Christ.

(1 Cor 3:16f)

GF8:5 (1669): ...all are to mind their keeper, the power of God, which was before the devil, the man of sin [2 Th 2:3], was; by which power of God they have oil in their lamps [Mat 25:4], through which their lamps may be always burning in their temple [Lev 24:2], and such come to be the temple of God; for they that defile the temple, defile their souls and bodies [1 Cor 3:16f], they let in the defiler and destroyer, and so their lamps go out, and they go from God and his power, the keeper, and such God will destroy.

IP3:229 (1672): What doth he mean by the outward man? The sinful body, the body of flesh is within. The outward body, that is not hell; that is the temple of God, where the heart is sanctified; and the pure Word of life sanctifies throughout, even in soul, in body, in Spirit, those that are subject to it. "Know ye not that your bodies are temples of the living God?" [1 Cor 3:16] And your spirits much more, for God is a Spirit [John 4:24], and he dwells in a spiritual temple, and his temple is holy [1 Cor 3:17]

(1 Cor 3:17)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:17: MFS 92 (Mat 21:41), IP3:85 (Mat 10:28)]


3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you [T omits] seemeth to be [GB: seem to be; T: seem] wise in this world [T:among you], let him become [GBT: be] a fool [T: +in this world], that he may be wise.      qtext

3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh [G: catcheth; BT: compasseth] the wise in their own [T omits] craftiness.      qtext

[1 Cor 3:19, cf Job 5:13]

3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the [G: +that] thoughts of the wise, that they are [G: be; BT: that they be] vain.      qtext

[1 Cor 3:20, cf Psa 94:11]

3:21 Therefore let no man glory [GBT: rejoice] in men. For all things are yours;

3:22 Whether [GBT: +it be] Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or [B: either; T: whether it be] the world, or life, or death, or [GBT: whether they be] things present [BT: present things], or things to come; [G: +even] all are yours;

3:23 And ye are [G omits] Christ's; and Christ is [G omits] God's.


(1 Cor 3:18) JN1: 70; JN2: 230? IP1: 161, 410, 420; IP3: 263

(1 Cor 3:18f) IP1: 417; JWJM 57

(1 Cor 3:19) GF6: 99; GF7: 249 [232]; MFU 197; JN2: 216; JN3: 98, 136; IP1: 417; IP2: 469; IP3: 57; WPR 582; WPT 251, 371; SIW 59 [cf Job 5:13]

(1 Cor 3:20) GF3: 566

(1 Cor 3:22) IP3: 457 [cf 1 Cor 1:12]


(1 Cor 3:18)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:18: JN1:70 (Mar 10:15 | Luk 18:17)]

IP3:263 (1672): He that will be truly wise, must first become a fool, that he may be wise [1 Cor 3:18]; that is, he must not strive to learn in the comprehensive way of man's wisdom and prudence the things of God's kingdom; but feel the begettings of life in his heart, and in that receive somewhat of the new and heavenly understanding, and so die to the other, and know no more the things of God after the flesh [1 Cor 2:11/2 Cor 5:16]; that is, as a wise man, as a learned scribe, as a great disputant (for where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? [1 Cor 1:20] Can they find out the mystery of life, tne mystery of God's kingdom in this age, any more than they could in former ages?), but become a babe, a fool, and so receive and bow to that which is own wisdom will call foolishness, and account weakness; but the other birth, which is begotten and born of God, will know, and daily experience, to be the wisdom and power of God unto salvation [1 Cor 1:24/Rom 1:16].

(1 Cor 3:18f)

JWJM 57 (1757): I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom [1 Cor 3:18f] and commit my cause to God [Job 5:8], not fearing to offend men who take offense at the simplicity of Truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others.

(1 Cor 3:19)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 3:19: MFU 197 (Mat 13:11), IP1:417 (1 Cor 1:20)]

GF7:249 (1664): And, friends, keep over all the bustlings, and wars, and strife, and the talkers of such things among the sons of Adam in the fall; you that be in Christ Jesus that never fell [1 Pet 2:22], in whom is the peace, who makes the first Adam's sons and daughters to break their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, that they shall not learn war any more [Isa 2:4]; for they that be there, are in the foolish state, but they that are in Christ are in the wise state, and have spiritual weapons [Eph 6:11-17], though accounted by the world foolish; yea, the wisdom of God is so to the wisdom of the world, which is foolishness [1 Cor 1:20, 3:19].

SIW 59 (Ruth Alcock Follows, 1776): Our concern for thee, my dear son, is very great, who, like others, art waylaid with temptations.... [May our] united concern in some measure prevail, and thy good desires increase, so that every hurtful thing may be watched against and firmly withstood; and that thou mayst witness an increase and advancement in pure wisdom [James 3:17], by which thou wouldst see the foolishness of the wisdom of this world [1 Cor 3:19].

(1 Cor 3:20)

GF3:566 (1659): ...who are in the unworthiness, God doth not hear nor regard, nor give his answer to such; and ye having no answer from God, ye must needs agree in your thoughts. But have you nothing to communicate to your people, but your thoughts, which are vain [1 Cor 3:20]? How shall thoughts convert any to God, or establish any in him? And your prayers that are in darkness are not accepted of him; for they who are heard of the Father, are in Christ Jesus, and are new creatures [2 Cor 5:17], being changed from death to life.


4:1 Let a man so account of [G: so think of; B: so esteem of; T: this wise esteem] us, as of [B: as; T: even as] the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries [GBT: disposers of the secrets] of God.

4:2 Moreover [G: As as for the rest; BT: Furthermore] it is required in stewards [GBT: of the disposers], that a man [G: every man; T: they] be found faithful.

4:3 But with [G: As touching; BT: With] me it is a very small thing that I should [G: I pass very little to] be judged of you, or [BT: either] of man's judgment [T day]: yea [GBT: No], I judge not mine own self.      qtext

4:4 For I know nothing [T: nought] by myself; yet am I not hereby [GBT: thereby] justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord [T: It is the Lord that judgeth me].

4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of [GBT: will lighten things that are hid in] darkness, and will make manifest [G: make; BT: open] the counsels of the hearts [G: +mainifest]: and then shall every man have praise of God.      qtext

4:6 And [G: Now; T omits] these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself [GB: figuratively applied unto mine own self; T: described in mine own person] and to [GT omit] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in [GBT: by] us not to think of men above [GBT: that no man presume above (B: conceive in mind above; T: count of himself beyond)] that which is [T: +above] written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another [GBT: one swell not against another for any man's cause].

4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another [GB: separateth thee; T: preferreth thee]? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive [GBT: hast not received]? now [GBT omit] if thou didst receive [GBT: hast (BT: have) received] it, why dost thou glory, as if [GBT: rejoicest thou, as though] thou hadst not received it?

4:8 Now ye are full, now ye are [GBT: +made] rich, ye have reigned [GBT: reign] as kings without us: and I [G omits] would to God ye did reign, that we also [T omits] might reign with you.      qtext


(1 Cor 4:2) LB (X9)

(1 Cor 4:3) JN2: 319; IP1: 110

(1 Cor 4:5) GFJN 236; GF3: 98, 166, 174, 398; GF4: 67; GF7: 93 [81], 241 [228]; GF8: 176 [361]; MFU 187; JN1: 50; JN2: 101, 277, 319; JN3: 110; IP4: 92; HPS 487; JWJM 203

(1 Cor 4:8) GF7: 199 [203]; EQ 525 (BR); IP3: 136


(1 Cor 4:3)

IP1:110 (1659): ...the darkness cannot own either its discovery or its judgment, but must needs except against it.... Now ... he fortifies and hardens the heart as much as he can from receiving the judgment, by persuading him to look upon it as the judgment of another spirit like his own, and not as the judgment of the light. And so what Paul said concerning man's judgment (that it was a small matter to him to be judged by man's judgment [1 Cor 4:3]), the same will he say concerning this judgment. And yet, as the greatest judgment of man, in the highest strain of the comprehending part, shall fall; so the lowest judgment of the light, in the weakest child, shall stand....

(1 Cor 4:5)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 4:5: GF8:176 (John 12:43), JN1:50 (1 Cor 2:13)]

GF7:241f (1663): Judge not before the time that the Lord do come, who brings to light all the hidden things of darkness [1 Cor 4:5] in you; run not into outward things, that is the fleshly mind, that will run from one thing, and so be restless, and will not know what seat to sit in; after it hath been in one outward thing it will run into another, and call it, his growth in the truth, and fall a judging others; but that judgment is after the flesh, and their growth is in the flesh; for the fruits of it is strife, backbitings, whisperings [2 Cor 12:20]....

JWJM 203 (1754): To humbly apply to God for wisdom, that we may thereby be enabled to see things as they are and ought to be, is very needful; hereby the hidden things of darkness may be brought to light [1 Cor 4:5] and the judgment made clear.

(1 Cor 4:8)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 4:8: GF7:199 (John 10:10f)]

IP3:136 (1668): Thus the church of Corinth, who did abound in spiritual gifts, yet were apt to run out, and be lifted up above their measures, and think they reigned as kings, without (if not beyond) the apostles [1 Cor 4:8]; and so came into danger of hearkening to false spirits and ministers of unrighteousness.


4:9 For I think [BT: For (T omits) me thinketh] that God hath set forth us [BT: +which are] the apostles last [GB: the last apostles; T: apostles for the lowest of all], as it were [G: men; BT: it were men] appointed to death: for we are made [T omits] a spectacle [GBT: gazingstock] unto the world, and to [GBT: +the] angels, and to men.      qtext

4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but [GB: but] ye are wise in [T: through] Christ; we are weak, but [GT: and] ye are strong; ye are honourable, but [GT: and] we are despised.      qtext

4:11 Even [G omits] unto this present hour [G: hour; B: time; T: day] we both [T omits] hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted [T: +with fists], and have no certain dwellingplace;      qtext

4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being [GBT: we are] reviled, [GT: +and yet; B: +and] we bless; being [GBT: we are] persecuted, we suffer it:      qtext

4:13 Being defamed, we intreat [GBT: We are evil spoken of, and we pray]: we are made as [T: +it were] the filth [BT: filthiness] of the world, and are [GBT omit] the offscouring of all things [T: +even] unto this day [GT: time].      qtext


(1 Cor 4:9-13) GF6: 121;WPR 63

(1 Cor 4:9) WPR 242; WPT 58

(1 Cor 4:10) GF3: 13 (EB); GF7: 313 [260]; GF8: 153 [353]; JN1: 70; IP4: 239; RBA 5; HPS 191; DFR 92; JWJM 112; SIW 51, 149

(1 Cor 4:10f) EQ 320 (BC)

(1 Cor 4:11) GF3: 442; JN1: 22, 490; JN2: 3, 48, 173; JN3: 10, 12, 102, 130f, 526

(1 Cor 4:12) IP1: 341

(1 Cor 4:13) MFS 49; JN1: 123, 202; JN2: 230, 316; JN3: 526; IP2: 177; EQ 346 (BC), 375 (IP); HPS 380, 422f (EB); WPR 610; WPT 273; DFR 25


(1 Cor 4:9)

WPR 242, WPT 58 (1669): ...we who are nicknamed Quakers have under every revolution of power and religion been the most reviled, contemned and persecuted, as if God indeed had set us forth in these last days as a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men [1 Cor 4:9]....

(1 Cor 4:10)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 4:10: GF8:153 (John 8:23), JN1:70 (Mar 10:15 | Luk 18:17), SIW 51 (Heb 10:33]

HPS 191 (Katharine Evans & Sarah Chevers, prisoners of the Inquisition, 1662): They said, we were foolish women. We said we were the Lord's fools [1 Cor 4:10], and the Lord's fools were right dear, and precious in his sight, and wo to them that do offend them. He said, they were the Lord's fools, and shewed us their deceitful gowns, and their shaven crowns, and said, they did wear it for God's sake, to be laughed at of the world. We said, they did not wear it for God's sake, unless they were moved of the holy Spirit of God to wear it. He said, it was no matter, they did wear it because of their superiors.

JWJM 112 (17–) : I have seen that in the midst of kindness and smooth conduct to speak close and home to them who entertain us, on points that relate to their outward interest, is hard labour; and sometimes when I have felt Truth lead toward it, I have found myself disqualified by a superficial friendship, and as the sense thereof has abased me and my cries have been to the Lord, so I have been humbled and made content to appear weak and as a fool for his sake [1 Cor 4:10], and thus a door hath been opened to enter upon it.

(1 Cor 4:11)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 4:11: JN1:490 (Mat 8:20), JN2:173 (Heb 11:38)]

(1 Cor 4:12)

IP1:341 (1660): [continued from under Heb 12:3f] And he [Paul] practiced as he taught, for he was not terrified with bonds or afflictions, nor accounted his life dear unto him; but that which was dear unto him was the serving of his Lord and Master, in preaching and witnessing to his truths, as his spirit led him, Acts 20:23f, trusting in the Lord to uphold him in enduring of them, or to deliver him out of them as he pleased, 2 Tim 3:11. But that which he, and the rest of the apostles and saints of Christ, applied themselves to in case of persecution, was to suffer. 1 Cor 4:12. And whoever they are that will be Christ's faithful disciples now, must look to meet with the same cross as they did....

(1 Cor 4:13)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 4:13: JN2:316 (Luk 2:34)]

MFS 49 (1660): We are the people of God called Quakers, who are hated and despised and everywhere spoken against as people not fit to live, as they were that went before us who were of the same spirit, power and life and were as we are, in that they were accounted as the offscouring of all things [1 Cor 4:13], by that spirit and nature that is of the world. So the scripture is fulfilled, that he that is born of the flesh persecutes him that is born of the Spirit [Gal 4:29].

DFR 25 (17–): Here, if I complied with my sense of duty, I must "take up the cross [Luke 9:23]," and turn out naked into the world, for I had very little property of my own, and none to expect from my father, and no salary to support me. Many would regard me as the offscouring of all things [1 Cor 4:13], fit for nothing.


4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.      qtext

4:16 Wherefore I beseech [G: pray; BT: desire] you, be ye followers of [T: to follow] me.

4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved [T: dear] son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into [GBT: which shall put you in] remembrance of my ways which be [G omits; T: which I have] in Christ, as I teach every where in every church [G: all churches; T: all congregations].

4:18 Now [GBT omit] some are puffed up [BT: swell], as though I would not come to [BT: come no more at] you.

4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord [T: God] will, and will know, not the speech [GBT: words] of them which are puffed up [BT: swell], but the power.      qtext

4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word [T: words], but in power.      qtext

4:21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?      qtext


(1 Cor 4:15-17) EQ 524 (BR)

(1 Cor 4:15) MFS 103; MFU 10; RBA 365; RBAF 318

(1 Cor 4:18) RBA 288; RBAF 234

(1 Cor 4:19) HPS 526

(1 Cor 4:19f) GF5: 179; GF6: 179, 227; IP1: 314

(1 Cor 4:20) GF5: 98; GF6: 263; GF7: 54 [44], 209 [209]; GF8: 33 [284], 35f [286], 46 [297], 48,50 [300], 54 [303], 57, 58\ [307], 138, 139 [343], 147 [349], 150 [352], 153 [353], 178 [361], 183 [361], 198 [369] ; DGA 171; JN1: 174, 193, 272, 274; JN2: 228; IP3: 528; IP4: 230, 341, 357, 378; IP3: 498; EQ 294 (GF); WPR 577; SIW 75 [may be confl w Rom 14:17, 1 Cor 2:5]

(1 Cor 4:21) GF3: 5 (EB); JN1: 263 (WD); JN3: 84; IP4: 276; HPS 192, 466


(1 Cor 4:15)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 4:15: RBA 365 (Rom 1:11)]

(1 Cor 4:19f)

IP1:313f (1660): Amd the true trial of spirits [1 Jn 4:1] is not by an assent to doctrines (which the hypocrite may assent to on the one hand, and the true believer may startle at on the other hand); but by feeling of them in the inward virtue of the light, in the spirit, and in the power. This was the apostle's way of trial. 1 Cor 4:19f. "I will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power; for the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." A man may speak high words concerning the kingdom, and get all the doctrines about it, and yet be a stranger to it, and quite ignorant of the power; and another may want divers doctrines concerning it (perhaps some of those men call fundamentals), and yet be a citizen of it, and in the power.

(1 Cor 4:20)     GF often conflates with Rom 14:17

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 4:20: GF8:33 (Rev 21:27), GF8:58 (Isa 21:2), JN1:193 (Jas 2:22), JN2:228 (John 5:35)]

GF8:178 (1679): ...those that came to be christians, (called,) and had got the form of godliness, came to be a greater grief to the apostles than the world; for their work was to seek to destroy that which the apostles had begotten, and them that they had turned to Christ. And therefore well might the apostle exhort the saints "to turn away from such that had the form of godliness and denied the power [2 Tim 3:5];" and therefore he told the saints, "The kingdom of heaven stands not in words, but in power [1 Cor 4:20];" and therefore they were to know one another in the spirit and power; and that is the internal knowledge.

(1 Cor 4:21)

JN1:263 (William Dewsbury, 1654): Let the light guide you all in your ways, and it will purge away all the filth of the flesh [1 Pet 3:21]; so will the old man be put off with his deeds [Col 3:9], and the imprisoned seed will be set at liberty in you; and I shall not come to you any more with a rod [1 Cor 4:21, as I am constrained at this time through your foolishness, who have departed from the pure wisdom [Jas 3:17] to look abroad in the counsel of your own hearts [Jer 7:24]; for the rod is prepared for the back of a fool [Prov 26:3], but the wise man's eye is in his head [Eccl 2:14], which eye is the light in your consciences, being guided by it, it will lead you to Christ, who is your head, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge.


5:1 It is reported commonly [G: It is heard certainly; BT: There goeth a common saying] that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as [GT: once; B omits] named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

5:2 And ye are puffed up [BT: swell] , and have not rather mourned [GBT: sorrowed], that he that hath [GT: which hath; B: that hath so] done this deed might be taken away [GBT: put] from among you.

5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but [T: even so] present in spirit, have judged [GBT: determined] already, as though I were present, concerning him [G: that he; T: of him] that hath so [G: thus; BT omit] done this deed [G: thing],      qtext

[1 Cor 5:3, cf Col 2:5]

5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with [G: that such one, I say, by] the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,      qtext

5:5 To deliver such an one [G: Be delivered] unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.      qtext


(1 Cor 5:2) EQ 549

(1 Cor 5:3-5) GF6: 178f; DFR 100

(1 Cor 5:3) JN1: 227; 262 (WD), 519; JN3: 239; WDS 67 [cf Col 2:5]

(1 Cor 5:3f) EQ 525 (BR)

(1 Cor 5:4) IP3: 290

(1 Cor 5:4f) IP4: 277f

(1 Cor 5:5) JN1: 380


(1 Cor 5:3-5)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 5:3-5:]

DFR 100 (1768): Some of our members simply object against disowning transgressors if we can avoid it, because say they, the poor creatures look upon themsleves cast off, and rejected, and so give themselves up more freely to evil courses, not having the care of the church over them, to be a stay and curb to them.... But the apostle was of another mind, than our objectors are. He ordered the Church of Corinth to deliver transgressors to Satan, for the destruction of the flesh, that the Spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord [1 Cor 5:3-5].

(1 Cor 5:3)

WDS 66f, JN1:262 (William Dewsbury, 1653/4): You have not been faithful, many of you, in walking with the Lord, since you heard the gospel of your salvation [Eph 1:13]. I charge you in the presence of the Lord God Almighty and by his power, to examine your consciences, every one of you, which will witness with me; for I am with you, though absent in the body [1 Cor 5:3], and see you with the invisible and eternal eye, from which, in the measure which the Lord hath opened it, nothing can be hid.

(1 Cor 5:4f)

IP4:277f (1675?): And not the apostle only, but the church of Corinth, had a share in the same power [given by Christ and the Spirit]; and therefore the apostle, knowing what was given and committed to them, exhorts them, that in the name of or Lord Jesus Christ, when they were gathered together, and his spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such a one to Satan; but this was not for destruction, to destroy the soul; but to bring it back into a state of edification and salvation [1 Cor 5:4f], which now, by departing from the truth, it was gone from.

(1 Cor 5:5)

JN1:380 (1654): For your fourteenth position, "that the spirits are not to be tried by the Scripture," I answer, The infallible Spirit which is the original of all Scriptures is the trial of all spirits, and the spiritual man judgeth all things [1 Cor 2:15], and by that Spirit the saints was to judge of all spirits and gave those up to Satan that was for that end, as is plain [1 Cor 5:5 (text: 5:4)]....


5:6 Your glorying [GBT: rejoicing] is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?      qtext

5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump [BT: new dough], as ye are unleavened [B: +bread; T: sweet bread]. For even [GBT omit] Christ our passover [T: Easter lamb] is sacrificed [BT: offered up] for us:      qtext

5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast [BT: holy day], not with old leaven, neither with [G: in] the leaven of malice [GBT: maliciousness] and wickedness; but with the unleavened [T: sweet] bread of sincerity [BT: pureness] and truth.      qtext


(1 Cor 5:6-8) GF8: 209 [372], 237 [389]

(1 Cor 5:6) GF7: 242 [228]; IP3: 139; WPR 349

(1 Cor 5:6f) GF8: 146 [348]; GF6: 179; JN1: 310

(1 Cor 5:7) GF6: 41, 384; GF8: 154f [353]; MFU 264, 269, 350; JN2: 100, 556; JN3: 10; IP1: 43, 52; IP2: 115, 238, 337, 358; IP3: 116, 229, 262; IP4: 189, 218, 384; HPS 499

(1 Cor 5:7f) GF7: 44 [37]; GF8: 64 [311], 168 [359], 308 [416]; HPS 296, 476

(1 Cor 5:8) GF8: 157 [359], 192 [365]; IP3: 390; RBA 373; RBAF 11(327)


(1 Cor 5:6)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 5:6: IP3:139 (Heb 12:15)]

(1 Cor 5:6f)

GF8:146 (1677): This is that [seed] which leavens into a new lump, and bruiseth the head of the wicked seed [Gen 3:15] that leavens into the old lump [1 Cor 5:6f], upon whom the sun of righteousness [Mal 4:2] goes down and sets; but never goes down nor sets in them that walk in the seed in which all nations are blessed [Gen 22:18]; by which seed they are brought up to God, which puts down that seed which separated betwixt them and Good; so that there comes to be nothing betwixt them and God.

(1 Cor 5:7)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 5:7: GF8:154f (Rom 2:28f), IP1:52 (Rev 14:8), IP2:357f (Mat 13:31-33), IP4:188f (1 Jn 1:8f), HPS 499 (Isa 4:4]

MFU 264 (1659): Therefore in that which cleanses, & purges out the old leaven [1 Cor 5:7] & fits the vessel for the Lord, in that abide where thou witnesses cleansing & purging & washing with clear water; that so thou may come to witness the record which is on earth: the spirit, the water & the blood [1 Jn 5:7], which to thee is yet a mystery....

JN2:100 (1655): And thou talks of the Spirit teaching you that Christ your righteousness was sacrificed for you [1 Cor 5:7], and in another place thou sayest the Spirit teached you to deny his perfection to be yours. But what spirit is this which owns his righteousness and denies his perfection? Is not his righteousness perfection? This is the lying spirit (1 Ki 22:22f) thou chargest us with, which thou listens to, which rules in thy deluded heart; and manifest is thy confusion to all who know Christ and his perfection.

(1 Cor 5:7f)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 5:7f: HPS 296 (Mat 16:6)]

(1 Cor 5:8)

[Other texts citing 1 Cor 5:8: GF8:167 (Rev 17:2), RBA 373 (John 6:32-35)]


5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to [GBT: that ye should not] company [G: +together] with fornicators:

5:10 Yet not altogether [BT: And I meant not at all] with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go [T: have gone] out of the world.

5:11 But now I have written [T: write] unto you not to keep company [that ye coumpany not together], if any man [GBT omit] that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater [BT: a worshipper of idols (T: images)], or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one [G: such one; BT: him that is such] no not to eat [G: eat not; BT: see that ye eat not].

5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also [BT omit] that are without? do not ye [GBT: ye not] judge them that are within?

5:13 But [BT omit] them that are without God judgeth [T shall judge]. Therefore [BT omit] put away from among yourselves [BT: you] that wicked [T: evil] person [G: man].

[1 Cor 5:13, cf Deut 19:19]


(1 Cor 5:9-11) GF5: 427f; GF8: 237 [389]

(1 Cor 5:11) GFEJ 422

(1 Cor 5:12) IP4: 274, 289

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