1 Corinthians 1:10-17

1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (ESV)  I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.  [11]  For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.  [12]  What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”  [13]  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  [14]  I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,  [15]  so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name.  [16]  (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)  [17]  For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (ESV)  Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,  [2]  To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:  [3]  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  [4]  I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,  [5]  that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—  [6]  even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—  [7]  so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  [8]  who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  [9]  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 (ESV)  Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care.  [10]  The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.  [11]  The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.  [12]  My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.  [13]  The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  [14]  For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 (ESV)  Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.  [8]  So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.  [9]  Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.  [10]  Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.  [12:1]  Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;  [2]  before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain,  [3]  in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed,  [4]  and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low—  [5]  they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets—  [6]  before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,  [7]  and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.  [8]  Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 (ESV)  Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.  [2]  Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.  [3]  If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.  [4]  He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.  [5]  As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.  [6]  In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.