1 Corinthians 1:12

“Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now this I say, that euery one of you saith, I am of Paul, and I of Apollo, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul, and "I of Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That is, that some of you say, I am of Paul; some say, I am of Apollos; some say, I am of Cephas; and some say, I am Christ's.
- Basic English Bible

But I speak of this, that each of you says, *I* am of Paul, and *I* of Apollos, and *I* of Cephas, and *I* of Christ.
- Darby Bible

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
- Webster's Bible

What I mean is that each of you is a partisan. One man says "I belong to Paul;" another "I belong to Apollos;" a third "I belong to Peter;" a fourth "I belong to Christ."
- Weymouth Bible

Now I mean this, that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," "I follow Apollos," "I follow Cephas," and, "I follow Christ."
- World English Bible

And Y seie that, that ech of you seith, For Y am of Poul, and Y am of Apollo, and Y am of Cefas, but Y am of Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I say this, that each one of you saith, `I, indeed, am of Paul' -- `and I of Apollos,' -- `and I of Cephas,' -- `and I of Christ.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:12


1:12 Now this I say - That is, what I mean is this: there are various parties among you, who set themselves, one against an other, in behalf of the several teachers they admire. And I of Christ - They spoke well, if they had not on this pretence despised their teachers, #1Cor 4:8 Perhaps they valued| themselves on having heard Christ preach in his own person.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:12


1Co 1:12 Now this I say. I explain more fully what I mean. He shows that there were four existing parties: Of Paul. A Pauline party, clinging to the founder of their church (Ac 18:1-11); Of Apollos. A party of Apollos, who were probably carried away by their admiration of his Alexandrian philosophy (Ac 18:24); Of Cephas. A party of Judaizer, who claimed to be following Peter, called here by his Hebrew name of Cephas (Joh 1:42); and Of Christ. A fourth party, who claimed to turn away from all these human leaders, and to be only of Christ.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 1:12

  • Minerva Tonie for verse 12
    We follow Jesus Christ not religion, He was crucified and died on the cross alone for our sin. It is in His name alone we are aloud in the presence of the Father.
  • Ben Weaver for verse 12
    Is Christ divided? Jesus prayed that those who believe (trust and rely) in him, would all be unified as he and the Father are, so that the world may believe...(Jn. 17:21). Here in 1 Cor. 1:10-13, Paul suspects a violation of this fundamental principle. If Paul were to address our religious isolations today, would he say,:some believers say, "I follow Catholicism, I follow Luthern, Was Luther crucified for you? Were you baptized unto Menno Simons? Do all the denomination titles indicate that there are divisions among you? Let's overlook our worldly religious differences and focus on the heavenly life we have in Jesus. When Jesus walked on earth, his greatest conflict was with religion. Why do you look down on your brother, we will all stand before God's judgment seat (Rom. 14:10).

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