1 Corinthians 3:9-17*


A.(9)For we are God’s fellow workers.
You are God’s field,
God’s building.
(10) According to the grace of God given to me,
like a skilled master builder
I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it.
Let each one take care how he builds upon it.
11) For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.

B. (12) Now if anyone builds on the foundation
with gold, silver, precious stones,
wood, hay, straw –
(13) each one’s work will become manifest,

C. for the Day will disclose it,
because it will be revealed by fire,
and the fire will test
what sort of work each one has done.

B’. (14) If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives,
he will receive a reward.
15  If any man’s work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved;
yet so as by fire.

A’. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God,
him shall God destroy;
for the temple of God is holy,
which temple ye are.

Note: edited from  K.E. Bailey in “Literary Structure and Rhetorical Strategies in the Hebrew Bible”, eds. de Regt, de Waard, Fokkelman, 1996, Van Gorcum & Comp, Assen. The Netherlands. 

B. – gold, sliver, precious stones B’ – “saved”

B.- wood, hay, straw  B’ – “burned up”


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