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

New Living Translation
Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials--gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.

English Standard Version
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—

New American Standard Bible
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

King James Bible
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone builds on that foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw,

International Standard Version
Whether a person builds on this foundation with gold, silver, expensive stones, wood, hay, or straw,

NET Bible
If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if a man builds on this foundation, gold or silver or precious stones, or wood, hay or stubble,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People may build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now if anyone builds upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble,

King James 2000 Bible
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

American King James Version
Now if any man build on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

American Standard Version
But if any man buildeth on the foundation gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble:

Darby Bible Translation
Now if any one build upon [this] foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw,

English Revised Version
But if any man buildeth on the foundation gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Webster's Bible Translation
Now if any man buildeth upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Weymouth New Testament
And whether the building which any one is erecting on that foundation be of gold or silver or costly stones, of timber or hay or straw--

World English Bible
But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble;

Young's Literal Translation
and if any one doth build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw --
Parallel Commentaries
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 12. - Gold, silver. Perhaps St. Paul thought for a moment of the gorgeous metals . rod rich marbles used in the Corinthian temples, as well as in the temple at Jerusalem. But it is surely fantastic to suggest that his reference is an historical reminiscence of the melting of gold and silver in the burning of Corinth by Mummius, nearly two hundred years before. Costly stones; i.e. costly marble from Paros, Phrygia, etc. Wood, hay, stubble. These words seem to symbolize erroneous or imperfect doctrines, which would not stand the test, and which led to evil practices. Such were the" philosophy and vain deceit," "the weak and beggarly dements," "the rudiments of the world," of which he speaks in Galatians 4:9; Colossians 2:8. So in the Midrash Tehillin, the words of false teachers are compared to hay. The doctrines to which he alludes are not and christian, but imperfect and human - such, for instance, as, "Humanas constitutiunculas de cultu, de victo, de frigidis ceremoniis" (Erasmus).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now if any man build upon this foundation,.... The different materials laid by one and the same man, on this foundation, or the different doctrines advanced upon it, are some of them comparable to

gold, silver, precious stones; for their intrinsic worth and value; for the purity and sincerity of them; for their weight, importance, solidity, and substantiality; for their durableness; for the great esteem they are had in by those, who know the worth of them; and for the great usefulness they are of unto them, being rich in themselves, and enriching to them; and these are the great, momentous, and valuable truths of the Gospel, which agree with and are suitable to the foundation they are built upon: so the Jews (m) compare their oral and written law, the former to gold, and the latter to precious stones, but the metaphors much better suit the doctrines of the Gospel: others are like to

wood, hay, stubble; by which are meant, not heretical doctrines, damnable heresies, such as are diametrically opposite to, and overturn the foundation; for one and the same man builds the former, as these, and is himself saved at last; neither of which is true, of such that deliver doctrines of devils: but empty, trifling, useless things are meant; such as fables, endless genealogies, human traditions, Jewish rites and ceremonies; which through the prejudice of education, and through ignorance and inadvertency, without any bad design, might by some be introduced into their ministry, who had been brought up in the Jewish religion; as also the wisdom of the world, the philosophy of the Gentiles, oppositions of science falsely so called, curious speculations, vain and idle notions, which such who had their education among the Greeks might still retain, and be fond of; and through an itch of vain glory, mix with their evangelic ministrations; and in a word, everything that may now be advanced in the Gospel ministry, not so honourable to the grace of God, or so becoming the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, nor so consistent with the Spirit's work of grace, may be meant hereby; the same minister at different times, and sometimes at one and the same time in his ministry, lays the foundation, Christ, and builds on it for a while excellent valuable truths, raises a superstructure of gold, silver, and precious stones, and then covers the edifice with trifling, impertinent, and inconsistent things, with wood, hay, and stubble; and so at last, of this promising fine stately building, makes a thatched house,

(m) Koheleth Jaacob in Caphtor, fol. 109. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. Now—rather, "But." The image is that of a building on a solid foundation, and partly composed of durable and precious, partly of perishable, materials. The "gold, silver, precious stones," which all can withstand fire (Re 21:18, 19), are teachings that will stand the fiery test of judgment; "wood, hay, stubble," are those which cannot stand it; not positive heresy, for that would destroy the foundation, but teaching mixed up with human philosophy and Judaism, curious rather than useful. Besides the teachings, the superstructure represents also the persons cemented to the Church by them, the reality of whose conversion, through the teachers' instrumentality, will be tested at the last day. Where there is the least grain of real gold of faith, it shall never be lost (1Pe 1:7; compare 1Co 4:12). On the other hand, the lightest straw feeds the fire [Bengel] (Mt 5:19).

1 Corinthians 3:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ the Only Foundation
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, 13each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 23:28
Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD.

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

1 Corinthians 3:13
their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work.
Treasury of Scripture

Now if any man build on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

gold.

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: …

Psalm 119:72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

Proverbs 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …

Isaiah 60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and …

1 Timothy 4:6 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall …

2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

precious.

Isaiah 54:11-13 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, …

Revelation 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was …

wood.

Proverbs 30:6 Add you not to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.

Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has …

Matthew 15:6-9 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have …

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of …

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

Colossians 2:8,18-23 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, …

1 Timothy 4:1-3,7 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

2 Timothy 2:16-18 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more …

2 Timothy 3:7,13 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth…

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

Titus 1:9-11 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may …

Titus 3:9-11 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and …

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them …

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