1 Corinthians 3:11
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New International Version
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

New Living Translation
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have--Jesus Christ.

English Standard Version
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

New American Standard Bible
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

King James Bible
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ.

International Standard Version
After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that is Jesus the Messiah.

NET Bible
For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For no man can lay another foundation than that which has been laid, which is Yeshua The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For no one can lay another foundation than that laid, which is Jesus the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
For no other foundation can a man lay than what is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

American King James Version
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

American Standard Version
For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid; which is Christ Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
For other foundation can no man lay besides that which [is] laid, which is Jesus Christ.

English Revised Version
For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
For no one can lay any other foundation in addition to that which is already laid, namely Jesus Christ.

World English Bible
For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
for other foundation no one is able to lay except that which is laid, which is Jesus the Christ;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:10-15 The apostle was a wise master-builder; but the grace of God made him such. Spiritual pride is abominable; it is using the greatest favours of God, to feed our own vanity, and make idols of ourselves. But let every man take heed; there may be bad building on a good foundation. Nothing must be laid upon it, but what the foundation will bear, and what is of a piece with it. Let us not dare to join a merely human or a carnal life with a Divine faith, the corruption of sin with the profession of Christianity. Christ is a firm, abiding, and immovable Rock of ages, every way able to bear all the weight that God himself or the sinner can lay upon him; neither is there salvation in any other. Leave out the doctrine of his atonement, and there is no foundation for our hopes. But of those who rest on this foundation, there are two sorts. Some hold nothing but the truth as it is in Jesus, and preach nothing else. Others build on the good foundation what will not abide the test, when the day of trail comes. We may be mistaken in ourselves and others; but there is a day coming that will show our actions in the true light, without covering or disguise. Those who spread true and pure religion in all its branches, and whose work will abide in the great day, shall receive a reward. And how great! how much exceeding their deserts! There are others, whose corrupt opinions and doctrines, or vain inventions and usages in the worship of God, shall be made known, disowned, and rejected, in that day. This is plainly meant of a figurative fire, not of a real one; for what real fire can consume religious rites or doctrines? And it is to try every man's works, those of Paul and Apollos, as well as others. Let us consider the tendency of our undertakings, compare them with God's word, and judge ourselves, that we be not judged of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Other foundation can no man lay. Any "other" gospel is not merely "another," but "a different" gospel (Galatians 1:9). That which is laid; rather, that is lying (comp. 1 Peter 2:6). It has not been placed there (τεθέντα) by any human bands, but lies there by the eternal will. Which is Jesus Christ. "The doctrine of Jesus Christ is the foundation of all theology; his person of all life." This is again and again inculcated in Scripture: Isaiah 28:16, "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation." On this rock the Church is built (Matthew 16:18: Acts 4:11, 12; Ephesians 2:20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For other foundation can no man lay,.... Men may attempt to lay other foundations than Christ, and build upon them, but to no purpose; they will be of no avail; all besides him are sandy foundations; such as fleshly privileges, a carnal descent, a religious education, an external profession of religion, a man's own righteousness, and the absolute mercy of God; but men ought to lay no other, nor can they, that will be of any advantage to themselves or others:

than that which is laid; by Jehovah the Father, both in his eternal counsels and covenant, when he set forth and appointed Christ to be the Saviour and Redeemer of his people; and in the fulness of time, when he sent him forth under the same characters; and by the Spirit of God, when he reveals Christ to them, and forms him in them; and by the ministers of the Gospel, who jointly agree to lay him ministerially, as the foundation for souls to build their hope upon: hence he is called the "foundation of the apostles and prophets", as here,

which is Jesus Christ; he is the foundation personally considered, as God-man and Mediator, on which the church, and every believer is built; he is the foundation of the covenant of grace, and of eternal salvation; of the faith and hope, peace, joy, and comfort of all the saints; and of the building of God, that house not made with hands, that city which has foundations, eternal glory in the other world; and he is the foundation, doctrinally considered; or the doctrines of his proper, deity, of his divine and eternal sonship, of his incarnation, of his Messiahship, of his obedience, sufferings, death, and resurrection from the dead, of justification by his righteousness, pardon by his blood, and atonement by his sacrifice, &c. are fundamental ones: the Jews were wont to call the principal articles of their religion, "foundations": Maimondes has entitled one of his tracts, "the foundations of the law"; but the doctrines respecting the person, offices, and grace of Christ, are the only foundation of the Gospel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. (Isa 28:16; Ac 4:12; Eph 2:20).

For—my warning ("take heed," &c. 1Co 3:10) is as to the superstructure ("buildeth thereupon"), not as to the foundation: "For other foundation can no man lay, than that which has (already) been laid (by God) Jesus Christ," the person, not the mere abstract doctrine about Him, though the latter also is included; Jesus, God-Saviour; Christ, Messiah or Anointed.

can—A man can not lay any other, since the only one recognized by God has been already laid.

1 Corinthians 3:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ the Only Foundation
10According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,…
Cross References
Isaiah 28:16
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.

1 Corinthians 3:10
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

1 Corinthians 3:12
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,

2 Corinthians 11:4
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

Ephesians 2:20
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

1 Peter 2:4
As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him--
Treasury of Scripture

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation …

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will …

Acts 4:11,12 This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which …

2 Corinthians 11:2-4 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused …

Galatians 1:7-9 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would …

Ephesians 2:20 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

1 Peter 2:6-8 Why also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion …

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