A Pacuek Nah
(First Letter to the Corinthians)
Although this letter is called the First Letter to the Corinthians, it is not really the first one that Paul wrote to this church. We know this because he mentions in this letter that he had written one before (chapter 5.9). The Christians in Corinth had also written to him (7.1), and part of First Corinthians contains Paul's answers to questions they had asked.
Corinth is a large port city in southern Greece. Paul began his work there in a Jewish meeting place, but he had to move next door to the home of a Gentile who had become a follower of Jesus (Acts 18.1—17). Most of the followers in Corinth were poor people (1 Corinthians 1.26—29), though some of them were wealthy (1 Corinthians 11.18-21), and one was even the city treasurer (Romans 16.23). While he was in Corinth, Paul worked as a tentmaker to earn a living (Acts 18.3; 1 Corinthians 4.12; 9.1—18).
Paul was especially concerned about the way the Corinthian Christians were always arguing and dividing themselves into groups (1.10—-4.21) and about the way they treated one another (5.1—-6.20). These are two of Paul's main concerns as he writes this letter. But he also wants to answer the questions they asked him about marriage (7.1—40) and food offered to idols (8.1—13). Paul encourages them to worship God the right way (10.1—-14.40) and to be firm in their belief that God has given them victory over death (15.1—58).
Love, Paul tells them, is even more important than faith or hope. All of the problems in the church could be solved, if all the members would love one another, as Christians should:
Love is kind and patient,
never jealous, boastful,
proud, or rude.
Love rejoices in the truth,
but not in evil.
Love is always supportive,
loyal, hopeful,
and trusting.
Love never fails!
(Chapter 13.4,5,6—8)
Paul's Greeting and Prayer (1.1—9)
A Call for Unity (1.10—-4.21)
Problems in Relationships (5.1—-7.40)
Honouring God Instead of Idols (8.1—-11.1)
Guidance for Worship and Church Life (11.2—-14.40)
Christ's Victory Over Death (15.1—58)
An Offering for the Poor (16.1—4)
Paul's Travel Plans (16.5—12)
Personal Concerns and Greetings (16.13—24)
Uemnah Ol
Pathen kah kongaih rhangneh Jesuh Khrih kah caeltueih la a khue Paul neh manuca Sosthenes loh, Clt 18.1Korin ah aka om tih Khrih Jesuh ah a ciim, hlangcim la a khue neh hmuen takuem ah mamih Boeipa Jesuh Khrih ming aka khue Pathen kah hlangboel taengah kan yaak sak. Boeipa tah amih neh mamih kah Boeipa ni. A pa Pathen neh Boeipa Jesuh Khrih taeng lamkah lungvatnah neh ngaimongnah nangmih taengah om saeh.
Lungvatnah Ol
Khrih Jesuh ah nangmih te Pathen kah lungvatnah m'paek dongah nangmih ham khaw ka Pathen te ka uem yoeyah. A cungkuem dongah amah lamloh olka cungkuem nen khaw, mingnah cungkuem nen khaw na boei uh. Khrih kah laipai tah nangmih ah cak pataeng coeng. Te dongah mamih Boeipa Jesuh Khrih kah a pumphoenah aka lamtawn nangmih te kutdoe khat khaw na hlavawt uh moenih. Nangmih khaw mamih Boeipa Jesuh Khrih kah khohnin ah a bawt due amah loh cimbit la n'cak sak bitni. Uepom Pathen amah loh a capa Jesuh Khrih, mamih boeipa kah rhoinaengnah khuila ng'khue.
Korin kah Paekboenah
10 Manuca rhoek amah la boeih na thui ham te mamih boeipa Jesuh Khrih ming neh nangmih te kan hloep coeng. Te daengah ni nangmih khuiah paekboenah om pawt vetih kodok neh lungbuei khaw amah la, poeknah khaw amah la na om uh eh. 11 Ka manuca rhoek, nangmih ah tohhaemnah om tila Khaloe rhoek loh kai taengah nangmih kawng a thuicaih. 12  Clt 18.24Te dongah hekah he ka thui. Nangmih ah khat rhip loh, “Kai tah Paul kah ni, Kai tah Apollos kah, Kai tah Kephas kah, kai tah Khrih kah,” na ti uh.
13 Khrih loh a paekboe a? Nangmih ham Paul te a tai pawn pawt nim? Paul ming ah khaw na nuem uh a? 14  Clt 18.8; Clt 19.29; Rom 16.23Krispu neh Kaiyu bueng mueh atah nangmih kan nuem pawt te Pathen ni ka uem. 15 Te daengah ni kai ming neh nuem uh tila pakhat long khaw a thui pawt eh. 16  1Ko 16.15Tahae ah Stephen cako tah ka nuem van tangloeng. Te phoeiah a tloe pakhat khaw ka nuem nim ka ming pawh. 17 Aka nuem ham pawt tih olthangthen phong ham ni Khrih loh kai n'tueih. Calthai cueihnah nen moenih ta. Te daengah man Khrih kah thinglam tah a tlongtlai pawt ve.
Khrih Pathen kah Thaomnah neh Cueihnah
18 Thinglam olthang tah aka poci rhoek ham angnah la om dae mamih a khang rhoek ham tah Pathen kah thaomnah la om. 19  Isa 29.14A daek coeng dongah, aka cueih rhoek kah cueihnah te ka poci sak vetih lungming rhoek kah yakmingnah te ka hnawt ni.
20  Job 12.17; Isa 19.12; 33.18; Isa 44.25Menim aka cueih? Menim cadaek? Ta kumhal kah oelhkung tah menim? Diklai kah cueihnah he Pathen loh a dap sak pawt nim? 21 Pathen kah cueihnah neh ana khueh parhi te diklai loh Pathen te cueihnah neh ana ming moenih. Pathen long tah olhoe kah angnah lamloh aka tangnah rhoek te khang ham a lungtlun. 22 Te dongah Judah rhoek loh miknoek a bih uh tih Greek rhoek loh cueihnah a toem uh. 23 A tai tangtae Khrih kawng he ka hoe uh dae Judah hlangvang ham thangkui neh namtom ham angnah la om. 24 Tedae amih a khue tangtae Judah rhoek ham neh, Greek rhoek ham khaw Khrih he Pathen kah thaomnah neh Pathen kah cueihnah la om. 25 Pathen kah ang tah hlang kah a cueih la om tih Pathen kah tattloel tah hlang kah thaomnah lakah a thaom ngai.
Boeipa Bueng ah Pomsangnah
26 Te dongah, manuca rhoek, nangmih n'khuenah te pumsa ah tah muep cueih pawh. Thaom yet pawh, hlangtang khaw yet pawh tila na ming uh. 27 Tedae diklai kah aka ang rhoek te Pathen loh a tuek daengah man aka cueih rhoek te yah a poh sak ve. Diklai kah tattloel rhoek te a tuek daengah man thaom rhoek te Pathen loh yah a poh sak ve. 28 Diklai kah mathoe rhoek neh a hnaelcoe rhoek te Pathen loh a tuek. Aka khueh te hmil hamla aka khueh pawt te a tuek. 29 Te dongah pumsa boeih loh Pathen hmaiah pomsang uh boel saeh. 30 Tedae amah lamkah nen ni Khrih Jesuh ah na om uh. Anih tah mamih ham Pathen taengkah cueihnah, duengnah, cimcaihnah neh tlannah lam khaw om. 31  Jer 9.24Te dongah a daek vanbangla, aka pomsang long tah Boeipa ah pomsang saeh.

1:2 Clt 18.1

1:12 Clt 18.24

1:14 Clt 18.8; Clt 19.29; Rom 16.23

1:16 1Ko 16.15

1:19 Isa 29.14

1:20 Job 12.17; Isa 19.12; 33.18; Isa 44.25

1:31 Jer 9.24