Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Corinthians
Biblical Verses Omitted From Roman
Catholic Mass Readings
Chapter 1 - verses
14-16 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 I give God thanks, that I baptized
none of you but Crispus and Caius;  Lest any should say that you
were baptized in my name.  And I baptized also the household of
Stephanus; besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
Chapter 2 - is covered in
full in the Mass Readings at some time during the three year cycle of
Chapter 3 - verses
14-15 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 If any man's work abide, which he
hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work
burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by
Chapter 4 - verses
16-21 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye
followers of me, as I also am of Christ.  For this cause have I
sent to you Timothy, who is my dearest son and faithful in the Lord;
who will put you in mind of my ways, which are in Christ Jesus; as I
teach everywhere in every church.  As if I would not come to you,
so some are puffed up.  But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord
will: and will know, not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the
power.  For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power. 
What will you? shall I come to you with a rod; or in charity, and in
the spirit of meekness?
Chapter 5 - verses
9-13 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 I wrote to you in an epistle, not
to keep company with fornicators.  I mean not with the fornicators
of this world, or with the covetous, or the extortioners, or the
servers of idols; otherwise you must needs go out of this world. 
But now I have written to you, not to keep company, if any man that is
named a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or a server of idols, or
a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such a one, not so
much as to eat.  For what have I to do to judge them that are
without? Do not you judge them that are within?  For them that are
without, God will judge. Put away the evil one from among yourselves.
Chapter 6 - verses
12-13b, 15b-16 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 All things are lawful to me, but
all things are not expedient. All things are lawful to me, but I will
not be brought under the power of any.  Meat for the belly, and the
belly for the meats; but God shall destroy both it and them:
...Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the
members of an harlot? God forbid.  Or know you not, that he who is
joined to a harlot, is made one body? For they shall be, saith he, two
in one flesh.
Chapter 7 - verses 1-24,
36-40 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now concerning the thing whereof
you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.  But for
fear of fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every
woman have her own husband.  Let the husband render the debt to his
wife, and the wife also in like manner to the husband.  The wife
hath not power of her own body, but the husband. And in like manner the
husband also hath not power of his own body, but the wife.  Defraud
not one another, except, perhaps, by consent, for a time, that you may
give yourselves to prayer; and return together again, lest Satan tempt
you for your incontinency.  But I speak this by indulgence, not by
commandment.  For I would that all men were even as myself: but
every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and
another after that.
 But I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: It is good for them
if they so continue, even as I.  But if they do not contain
themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to be burnt.
 But to them that are married, not I but the Lord commandeth, that
the wife depart not from her husband.  And if she depart, that she
remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband. And let not the
husband put away his wife.
 For to the rest I speak, not the Lord. If any brother hath a wife
that believeth not, and she consent to dwell with him, let him not put
her away.  And if any woman hath a husband that believeth not, and
he consent to dwell with her, let her not put away her husband. 
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife; and
the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the believing husband: otherwise
your children should be unclean; but now they are holy.
 But if the unbeliever depart, let him depart. For a brother or
sister is not under servitude in such cases. But God hath called us in
peace.  For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy
husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
 But as the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called
every one, so let him walk: and so in all churches I teach.  Is any
man called, being circumcised? let him not procure uncircumcision. Is
any man called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing: but the
observance of the commandments of God.  Let every man abide in the
same calling in which he was called.  Wast thou called, being a
bondman? care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it
rather.  For he that is called in the Lord, being a bondman, is the
freeman of the Lord. Likewise he that is called, being free, is the
bondman of Christ.  You are bought with a price; be not made the
bondslaves of men.  Brethren, let every man, wherein he was called,
therein abide with God.
 But if any man think that he seemeth dishonoured, with regard to
his virgin, for that she is above the age, and it must so be: let him
do what he will; he sinneth not, if she marry.  For he that hath
determined being steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but
having power of his own will; and hath judged this in his heart, to
keep his virgin, doth well.  Therefore, both he that giveth his
virgin in marriage, doth well; and he that giveth her not, doth better.
 A woman is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if
her husband die, she is at liberty: let her marry to whom she will;
only in the Lord.  But more blessed shall she be, if she so remain,
according to my counsel; and I think that I also have the spirit of God.
Chapter 8 - verses 1a,
8-10 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now concerning those things that
are sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. ...
 But meat doth not commend us to God. For neither, if we eat, shall
we have the more; nor, if we eat not, shall we have the less.  But
take heed lest perhaps this your liberty become a stumblingblock to the
weak.  For if a man see him that hath knowledge sit at meat in the
idol's temple, shall not his conscience, being weak, be emboldened to
eat those things which are sacrificed to idols?
Chapter 9 - verses 1-15,
20-21 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Am not I free? Am not I an apostle?
Have not I seen Christ Jesus our Lord? Are not you my work in the Lord?
 And if unto others I be not an apostle, but yet to you I am. For
you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
 My defence with them that do examine me is this.  Have not we
power to eat and to drink?  Have we not power to carry about a
woman, a sister, as well as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren
of the Lord, and Cephas?  Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power
to do this?  Who serveth as a soldier at any time, at his own
charges? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof?
Who feedeth the flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 
Speak I these things according to man? Or doth not the law also say
these things?  For it is written in the law of Moses: Thou shalt not
muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take
care for oxen?  Or doth he say this indeed for our sakes? For these
things are written for our sakes: that he that plougheth, should plough
in hope; and he that thrasheth, in hope to receive fruit.  If we
have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we reap
your carnal things?  If others be partakers of this power over you,
why not we rather? Nevertheless, we have not used this power: but we
bear all things, lest we should give any hindrance to the gospel of
 Know you not, that they who work in the holy place, eat the things
that are of the holy place; and they that serve the altar, partake with
the altar?  So also the Lord ordained that they who preach the
gospel, should live by the gospel.  But I have used none of these
things. Neither have I written these things, that they should be so
done unto me: for it is good for me to die, rather than that any man
should make my glory void.
 And I became to the Jews, a Jew, that I might gain the Jews: 
To them that are under the law, as if I were under the law, (whereas
myself was not under the law,) that I might gain them that were under
the law. To them that were without the law, as if I were without the
law, (whereas I was not without the law of God, but was in the law of
Christ,) that I might gain them that were without the law.
Chapter 10 - verses 7-9,
13, 22b-30 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Neither become ye idolaters, as
some of them, as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink,
and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of
them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty
thousand.  Neither let us tempt Christ: as some of them tempted, and
perished by the serpents.
 Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God
is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you
are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be
able to bear it.
...Are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all
things are not expedient.
 All things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify. 
Let no man seek his own, but that which is another's.  Whatsoever
is sold in the shambles, eat; asking no question for conscience' sake.
 The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.  If any of
them that believe not, invite you, and you will be willing to go; eat
of any thing that is set before you, asking no question for conscience'
sake.  But if any man say: This has been sacrificed to idols, do
not eat of it for his sake that told it, and for conscience' sake. 
Conscience, I say, not thy own, but the other's. For why is my liberty
judged by another man's conscience?  If I partake with
thanksgiving, why am I evil spoken of, for that for which I give thanks?
Chapter 11 - verses 2-16,
27-34 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now I praise you, brethren, that in
all things you are mindful of me: and keep my ordinances as I have
delivered them to you.
 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ;
and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
 Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraceth
his head.  But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not
covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.
 For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn. But if it be a
shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head.
 The man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image
and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.  For the
man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.  For the man was
not created for the woman, but the woman for the man.  Therefore
ought the woman to have a power over her head, because of the angels.
 But yet neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman
without the man, in the Lord.  For as the woman is of the man, so
also is the man by the woman: but all things of God.
 You yourselves judge: doth it become a woman, to pray unto God
uncovered?  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that a man
indeed, if he nourish his hair, it is a shame unto him?  But if a
woman nourish her hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to
her for a covering.  But if any man seem to be contentious, we have
no such custom, nor the church of God.
 Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of
the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of
the Lord.  But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that
bread, and drink of the chalice.  For he that eateth and drinketh
unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the
body of the Lord.  Therefore are there many infirm and weak among
you, and many sleep.  But if we would judge ourselves, we should
not be judged.  But whilst we are judged, we are chastised by the
Lord, that we be not condemned with this world.  Wherefore, my
brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.  If
any man be hungry, let him eat at home; that you come not together unto
judgment. And the rest I will set in order, when I come.
Chapter 12 - verses 1-3a
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Now concerning spiritual things, my
brethren, I would not have you ignorant.  You know that when you
were heathens, you went to dumb idols, according as you were led. 
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man, speaking by the Spirit
of God, saith Anathema to Jesus...
Chapter 13 - is covered
in full in the Mass Readings at some time during the three year cycle
Chapter 14 - verses 1-40
have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Follow after charity, be zealous
for spiritual gifts; but rather that you may prophesy.  For he that
speaketh in a tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man
heareth. Yet by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.  But he that
prophesieth, speaketh to men unto edification, and exhortation, and
comfort.  He that speaketh in a tongue, edifieth himself: but he
that prophesieth, edifieth the church.  And I would have you all to
speak with tongues, but rather to prophesy. For greater is he that
prophesieth, than he that speaketh with tongues: unless perhaps he
interpret, that the church may receive edification.
 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what
shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either in revelation, or in
knowledge, or in prophecy, or in doctrine?  Even things without life
that give sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction
of sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?  For if
the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the
battle?  So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue plain
speech, how shall it be known what is said? For you shall be speaking
into the air.  There are, for example, so many kinds of tongues in
this world; and none is without voice.  If then I know not the
power of the voice, I shall be to him to whom I speak a barbarian; and
he that speaketh, a barbarian to me.  So you also, forasmuch as you
are zealous of spirits, seek to abound unto the edifying of the church.
 And therefore he that speaketh by a tongue, let him pray that he
may interpret.  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but
my understanding is without fruit.  What is it then? I will pray
with the spirit, I will pray also with the understanding; I will sing
with the spirit, I will sing also with the understanding.  Else if
thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that holdeth the place
of the unlearned say, Amen, to thy blessing? because he knoweth not
what thou sayest.  For thou indeed givest thanks well, but the
other is not edified.  I thank my God I speak with all your
tongues.  But in the church I had rather speak five words with my
understanding, that I may instruct others also; than ten thousand words
in a tongue.
 Brethren, do not become children in sense: but in malice be
children, and in sense be perfect.  In the law it is written: In
other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and neither
so will they hear me, saith the Lord.  Wherefore tongues are for a
sign, not to believers, but to unbelievers; but prophecies not to
unbelievers, but to believers.
 If therefore the whole church come together into one place, and
all speak with tongues, and there come in unlearned persons or
infidels, will they not say that you are mad?  But if all prophesy,
and there come in one that believeth not, or an unlearned person, he is
convinced of all, he is judged of all.  The secrets of his heart
are made manifest; and so, falling down on his face, he will adore God,
affirming that God is among you indeed.
 How is it then, brethren? When you come together, every one of you
hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath
an interpretation: let all things be done to edification.  If any
speak with a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and in
course, and let one interpret.  But if there be no interpreter, let
him hold his peace in the church, and speak to himself and to God.
 And let the prophets speak, two or three; and let the rest judge.
 But if any thing be revealed to another sitting, let the first
hold his peace.  For you may all prophesy one by one; that all may
learn, and all may be exhorted:  And the spirits of the prophets
are subject to the prophets.  For God is not the God of dissension,
but of peace: as also I teach in all the churches of the saints.
 Let women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted
them to speak, but to be subject, as also the law saith.  But if
they would learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home. For it
is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.  Or did the word of
God come out from you? Or came it only unto you?
 If any seem to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him know the things
that I write to you, that they are the commandments of the Lord. 
But if any man know not, he shall not be known.  Wherefore,
brethren, be zealous to prophesy; and forbid not to speak with tongues.
 But let all things be done decently, and according to order.
Chapter 15 - verses 29-34,
38-41, 50 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Otherwise what shall they do that
are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not again at all? why are
they then baptized for them?
 Why also are we in danger every hour?  I die daily, I protest
by your glory, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord.  If
(according to man) I fought with beasts at Ephesus, what doth it profit
me, if the dead rise not again? Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we
shall die.  Be not seduced: Evil communications corrupt good
manners.  Awake, ye just, and sin not. For some have not the
knowledge of God, I speak it to your shame.
 But God giveth it a body as he will: and to every seed its proper
body.  All flesh is not the same flesh: but one is the flesh of
men, another of beasts, another of birds, another of fishes.  And
there are bodies celestial, and bodies terrestrial: but, one is the
glory of the celestial, and another of the terrestrial.  One is the
glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, and another the glory
of the stars. For star differeth from star in glory.
 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the
kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption.
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