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1:1Paul called to be an Apostle of Iesus Christ, through the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
1:2Vnto the Church of God, which is at Corinthus, to them that are sanctified in Christ Iesus, Saintes by calling, with all that call on the Name of our Lord Iesus Christ in euery place, both their Lord, and ours:
1:3Grace be with you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.
1:4I thanke my God alwayes on your behalfe for the grace of God, which is giuen you in Iesus Christ,
1:5That in all things ye are made rich in him, in all kinde of speach, and in all knowledge:
1:6As the testimonie of Iesus Christ hath bene confirmed in you:
1:7So that ye are not destitute of any gift: wayting for the appearing of our Lord Iesus Christ.
1:8Who shall also confirme you vnto the ende, that ye may be blamelesse, in the day of our Lord Iesus Christ.
1:9God is faithfull, by whom ye are called vnto the fellowship of his Sonne Iesus Christ our Lord.
1:10Nowe I beseeche you, brethren, by the Name of our Lord Iesus Christ, that ye all speake one thing, and that there be no dissensions among you: but be ye knit together in one mind, and in one iudgement.
1:11For it hath bene declared vnto me, my brethren, of you by them that are of the house of Cloe, that there are contentions among you.
1:12Nowe this I say, that euery one of you saith, I am Pauls, and I am Apollos, and I am Cephas, and I am Christs.
1:13Is Christ deuided? was Paul crucified for you? either were ye baptized into the name of Paul?
1:14I thanke God, that I baptized none of you, but Crispus, and Gaius,
1:15Lest any should say, that I had baptized into mine owne name.
1:16I baptized also the houshold of Stephanas: furthermore knowe I not, whether I baptized any other.
1:17For CHRIST sent me not to baptize, but to preache the Gospel, not with wisdome of wordes, lest the crosse of Christ should be made of none effect.
1:18For that preaching of the crosse is to them that perish, foolishnesse: but vnto vs, which are saued, it is the power of God.
1:19For it is written, I will destroy the wisedome of the wise, and will cast away the vnderstanding of the prudent.
1:20Where is the wise? where is the Scribe? where is the disputer of this worlde? hath not God made the wisedome of this worlde foolishnesse?
1:21For seeing the worlde by wisedome knewe not God in the wisedome of GOD, it pleased God by the foolishnesse of preaching to saue them that beleeue:
1:22Seeing also that the Iewes require a signe, and the Grecians seeke after wisdome.
1:23But wee preach Christ crucified: vnto the Iewes, euen a stumbling blocke, and vnto the Grecians, foolishnesse:
1:24But vnto them which are called, both of the Iewes and Grecians, we preach Christ, the power of God, and the wisedome of God.
1:25For the foolishnesse of God is wiser then men, and the weakenesse of God is stronger then men.
1:26For brethren, you see your calling, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called.
1:27But God hath chosen the foolish thinges of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weake thinges of the worlde, to confound the mightie things,
1:28And vile things of the worlde and thinges which are despised, hath God chosen, and thinges which are not, to bring to nought thinges that are,
1:29That no flesh shoulde reioyce in his presence.
1:30But ye are of him in Christ Iesus, who of God is made vnto vs wisedome and righteousnesse, and sanctification, and redemption,
1:31That, according as it is written, Hee that reioyceth, let him reioyce in the Lord.
Geneva Bible 1560

Geneva Bible 1560

The Geneva Bible is one of the most influential and historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James translation by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of 16th century Protestantism and was the Bible used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan. The language of the Geneva Bible was more forceful and vigorous and because of this, most readers strongly preferred this version at the time.

The Geneva Bible was produced by a group of English scholars who, fleeing from the reign of Queen Mary, had found refuge in Switzerland. During the reign of Queen Mary, no Bibles were printed in England, the English Bible was no longer used in churches and English Bibles already in churches were removed and burned. Mary was determined to return Britain to Roman Catholicism.

The first English Protestant to die during Mary's turbulent reign was John Rogers in 1555, who had been the editor of the Matthews Bible. At this time, hundreds of Protestants left England and headed for Geneva, a city which under the leadership of Calvin, had become the intellectual and spiritual capital of European Protestants.

One of these exiles was William Whittingham, a fellow of Christ Church at Oxford University, who had been a diplomat, a courtier, was much traveled and skilled in many languages including Greek and Hebrew. He eventually succeeded John Knox as the minister of the English congregation in Geneva. Whittingham went on to publish the 1560 Geneva Bible.

This version is significant because, it came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids, which included verse citations that allow the reader to cross-reference one verse with numerous relevant verses in the rest of the Bible, introductions to each book of the Bible that acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations, indices, as well as other included features, all of which would eventually lead to the reputation of the Geneva Bible as history's very first study Bible.