Truly, under the inspiration  of the Spirit, he wrote to you concerning himself, and Cephas, and Apollos,  because even then parties  had been formed among you. But that inclination for one above another entailed less guilt upon you, inasmuch as your partialities were then shown towards apostles, already of high reputation, and towards a man whom they had approved. But now reflect who those are that have perverted you, and lessened the renown of your far-famed brotherly love. It is disgraceful, beloved, yea, highly disgraceful, and unworthy of your Christian profession,  that such a thing should be heard of as that the most stedfast and ancient Church of the Corinthians should, on account of one or two persons, engage in sedition against its presbyters. And this rumour has reached not only us, but those also who are unconnected  with us; so that, through your infatuation, the name of the Lord is blasphemed, while danger is also brought upon yourselves.
 Literally, "in the beginning of the Gospel." [Comp. Philippians 4:15.]  Or, "spiritually."  1 Corinthians 3:13, etc.  Or, "inclinations for one above another."  Literally, "of conduct in Christ."  Or, "aliens from us," i.e., the Gentiles.
 Or, "spiritually."
 1 Corinthians 3:13, etc.
 Or, "inclinations for one above another."
 Literally, "of conduct in Christ."
 Or, "aliens from us," i.e., the Gentiles.