THE PROLOG UPON THE FIRST EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS.

This epistle declares itself from chapter to chapter, that it needs no prolog or introduction to declare it. When Paul had converted a great number at Corinth, as you read Acts eighteen and was departed, there came immediately false apostles and sect makers and drew every man disciples after him, so that the people were whole unquieted, divided and at variance among themselves, every man for the zeal of his doctor, those new apostles not regarding what division, what uncleanness of living, or what false opinions were among the people, as long as they might be in authority and well at ease in their bellies.

But Paul in the four first chapters with great wisdom and soberness, rebukes, first the division and the authors thereof, and calls the people to Christ again and teaches how and for what the preacher is to be taken.

In the fifth he rebukes the uncleanness that was amongst them.

In the sixth he rebukes the debate and going to law together, pleading their causes before the heathen.

In the seventh he informs them concerning chastity and marriage.

Example —ensample (Orig.)

He brings fear upon —he feareth them (Orig.)

In the eighth ninth tenth and eleventh he teaches the strong to forbear the weak that yet understood not the liberty of the gospel, and that with the example of himself. Which though he were an apostle and had authority, yet of love he abstained, to win others. And he brings fear upon them with the examples of the Old Testament and rebukes diverse disorders that were among them concerning the sacrament and the going bareheaded of married women.

In the twelfth thirteenth and fourteenth he teaches of the manifold gifts of the Spirit, and proves by a similitude of the body, that all gifts are given that each should help others, and through love do service to others, and proves that where love is not, there is nothing that pleases God. For that one should love another, is all that God requires of us. And therefore if we desire spiritual gifts he teaches those gifts to be desired that help our neighbors.

In the fifteenth he teaches of the resurrection of the body.

And in the last he exhorts to help the poor saints.

 

 

THE PROLOGE VPON THE FYRST EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE CORINTHYANS.

This pistle declareth itselfe from chapter to chapter, that it nedeth no prologe or introduccion to declare it. When Paule had conuerted a great nombre at Corinthum, as ye reade Act. xviij. and was departed, there came immediatlye false apostles and sectemakers and drue euery man disciples after him, so that the people were whole vnquyeted, deuyded and at varyaunce amonge themselues, euerye man for the zele of his doctoure, those new apostles not regardynge what deuysion, what vnclennes of lyuinge, or what false opinions were amonge the people, as longe as they myght be in auctorite and well at ease in their bellies.

But Paule in the. iiij. fyrst chapters with great wysdome and sobrenes, rebuketh, fyrst the deuysyon and the auctores therof, and calleth the people to Christ agayne and teacheth how and for what the preacher is to be taken.

In the. v. he rebuketh the vnclennes that was amongest them.

In the. vj. he rebuketh the debate and goynge to lawe together, pleadynge their causes before the hethen.

In the. vij. he informeth them concernynge chastite and maryage.

In the. viij. ix. x. and. xj. he teacheth the stronge to forbeare the weake that yet vnderstode not the lybertie of the gospell, and that with the ensample of himselfe. Which though he were an apostle and had auctoryte, yet of loue he abstayned, to wynne other. And he feareth them with the ensamples of the olde testament and rebuketh dyuerse dysorders that were amonge them concernynge the sacrament and the goynge barehedded of maryed wemen.

In the. xij. xiij. and. xiiij. he teacheth of the manyfolde gyftes of the Spirite, and proueth by a symylitude of the bodye, that all gyftes are geuen that eche shuld helpe other, and thorow loue do seruyce to other, and proueth that where loue is not, there is no thinge that pleaseth God. For that one shuld loue another, is all that God requyreth of vs. And therfore yf we desyer spirituall gyftes he teacheth those gyftes to be desyred that helpe oure neyboures

In the. xv. he teacheth of the resurreccyon of the bodye.

And in the last he exhorteth to helpe the poore saynctes.