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Story. First Corinthians covers a series of topics to the new congregation at Corinth. Some topics, like Paul's discussion of marriage (7:1), are clearly written in response to a letter from the members at Corinth. Others, like his discussion of contention (1:11), are clearly based on on reports he has received about conditions at Corinth. These topics can be grouped into seven general categories as follows:

Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in First Corinthians include:

Relationship to New Testament. The relationship of First Corinthians to the New Testament as a whole is discussed at New Testament: Organization.

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Joseph Smith Translation[edit]

The Joseph Smith Translation made changes to the following verses in First Corinthians. This list is complete:[1]

  • 1 Cor 1:1, 4-5, 10, 12, 24, 26-28
  • 1 Cor 2:11
  • 1 Cor 3:2, 15
  • 1 Cor 4:2, 4-5
  • 1 Cor 5:3-4, 12
  • 1 Cor 6:12, 18
  • 1 Cor 7:1-2, 5-6, 9, 11, 26, 28-34, 36, 38
  • 1 Cor 8:4
  • 1 Cor 9:24
  • 1 Cor 10:11, 20, 23-24, 27, 33
  • 1 Cor 11:10, 19-21, 29
  • 1 Cor 12:1, 31
  • 1 Cor 14:2, 4, 13-14, 19, 27, 34-35
  • 1 Cor 15:10-24, 26-27, 31, 37, 40, 46, 52
  • 1 Cor 16:9, 20

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First Corinthians

I. Contention (Chapters 1-4)
• Topic 1: "It hath been declared unto me ... that there are contentions among you" (1:11)

• salutation (1:1-9)
• questions: (1) Is Christ divided? (2) Was Paul crucified? (3) Were you baptized in Paul? (1:10-13)
• answer: (3) you were baptized in name of Christ, not Paul (1:14-17a)
• answer: (2) preach Christ crucified, preach by the Spirit, and preach milk not meat (1:17b-3:4)
• answer: (1) laborers should all work together in Christ (3:5-4:7)
• travel plans (4:18-21)

II. Chastity and marriage (Chapters 5-7)
• Topic 2: "It is commonly reported that there is fornication among you ..." (5:1)

• incest (5:1-13)
• lawsuits (6:1-8)
• adultery (6:9-20)

• Topic 3: "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me" regarding marriage (7:1)

• divorce and marriage to unbelievers (7:1-24)

• Topic 4: "Now concerning virgins ..." (7:25)

• marriage (7:25-40)

III. Meat sacrificed to idols (Chapters 8-10)
• Topic 5: "Now as touching things offered unto idols ..." (8:1)

• sacrificed meats and pagan feasts (8:1-13)
• Paul's example of apostolic freedom and slavery (9:1-23)
• examples of Paul and Israel (9:24-10:13)
• pagan feasts and sacrificed meats (10:14-33)

IV. Regulation of meetings (Chapter 11)
• Topic 6: "Now I praise you, brethren, that ye ... keep the ordinances as I delivered them unto you ..." (11:2)

• head coverings to be worn by women when praying and prophesying (11:1-16)

• Topic 7: "When ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you ..." (11:18)

• Last Supper is to be partaken worthily and not as a meal (11:17-34)

V. Spiritual gifts (Chapters 12-14)
• Topic 8: "Now concerning spiritual gifts ..." (12:1)

A. gifts of the Spirit (12:1-30)
B. faith, hope, and charity (12:31-14:1)
A. gifts of tongues and prophecy (14:2-40)

VI. The Gospel of the Resurrection (Chapter 15)
• Topic 9: "How say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? ..." (15:12)

VII. Administrative matters (Chapter 16)
• Topic 10: "Now concerning the collection for the saints ..."(16:1)
• Topic 11: "As touching our brother Apollos ..." (16:19-24)


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  • Amplified • The Amplified Bible, 1987 update
  • NASB • New American Standard Bible, 1995 update
  • NIV • New International Version
  • NRSV • New Revised Standard Version
  • RSV • Revised Standard Version

Cited references[edit]

  • Wayment, Thomas A., ed. The Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 2005. (ISBN 1590384393) BX8630 .A2 2005.

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  1. Wayment, The Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament, p. 267-74.

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