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1 Corinthians 1:14 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I thank God that I have baptised none of you, unless Crispus and Gaius,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I give thanks, that, none of you, did I immerse—save Crispus and Gaius,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I give thanks to God that no one of you did I baptize, except Crispus and Gaius—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I give God thanks, that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Caius:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I thanke God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— I thank Aloha that no man of you I have baptized, but only Krispos and Gaios;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— I thank my God that I baptized none of you, except Crispus and Gaius;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I thank 2168
{2168} Prime
From G2170; to be grateful, that is, (active) to express gratitude (towards); specifically to say grace at a meal.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
God 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
that 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
I baptized 907
{0907} Prime
From a derivative of G0911; to make whelmed (that is, fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism.
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
none 3762
{3762} Prime
From G3761 and G1520; not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.
of you, 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
but 1508
{1508} Prime
εἴ μή
ei me
{i may}
From G1487 and G3361; if not.
Crispus 2921
{2921} Prime
Of Latin origin; 'crisp'; Crispus, a Corinthian.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
Gaius; 1050
{1050} Prime
Of Latin origin; Gaius (that is, Caius), a Christian.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 1:14

_ _ I thank God’s providence now, who so ordered it that I baptized none of you but Crispus (the former ruler of the synagogue, Acts 18:8) and Gaius (written by the Romans Caius, the host of Paul at Corinth, and of the church, Romans 16:23; a person therefore in good circumstances). Baptizing was the office of the deacons (Acts 10:48) rather than of the apostles, whose office was that of establishing and superintending generally the churches. The deacons had a better opportunity of giving the necessary course of instruction preparatory to baptism. Crispus and Gaius were probably among the first converts, and hence were baptized by Paul himself, who founded the church.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

1 Corinthians 1:14-16

_ _ Here the apostle gives an account of his ministry among them. He thanks God he had baptized but a few among them, Crispus, who had been a ruler of a synagogue at Corinth (Acts 18:8), Gaius, and the household of Stephanas, besides whom, he says, he did not remember that he had baptized any. But how was this a proper matter for thankfulness? Was it not a part of the apostolical commission to baptize all nations? And could Paul give thanks to God for his own neglect of duty? He is not to be understood in such a sense as if he were thankful for not having baptized at all, but for not having done it in present circumstances, lest it should have had this very bad construction put upon it — that he had baptized in his own name, made disciples for himself, or set himself up as the head of a sect. He left it to other ministers to baptize, while he set himself to more useful work, and filled up his time with preaching the gospel. This, he thought, was more his business, because the more important business of the two. He had assistants that could baptize, when none could discharge the other part of his office so well as himself. In this sense he says, Christ sent him not to baptize, but to preach the gospel — not so much to baptize as to preach. Note, Ministers should consider themselves sent and set apart more especially to that service in which Christ will be most honoured and the salvation of souls promoted, and for which they are best fitted, though no part of their duty is to be neglected. The principal business Paul did among them was to preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:17), the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18), Christ crucified, 1 Corinthians 1:23. Ministers are the soldiers of Christ, and are to erect and display the banner of the cross. He did not preach his own fancy, but the gospel — the glad tidings of peace, and reconciliation to God, through the mediation of a crucified Redeemer. This is the sum and substance of the gospel. Christ crucified is the foundation of all our joys. By his death we live. This is what Paul preached, what all ministers should preach, and what all the saints live upon.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 1:14

I thank God — (A pious phrase for the common one, "I rejoice,") that, in the course of his providence, I baptized none of you, but Crispus, once the ruler of the synagogue, and Caius.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 1:14

(18) I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

(18) He protests that he speaks so much the more boldly of these things, because through God's providence, he is void of all suspicion of gathering disciples to himself, and taking them from others. By which we may understand, that not the scholars only, but the teachers also are here reprehended, who gathered flocks separately and for themselves.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
Philemon 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,


Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.


Romans 16:23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.
3 John 1:1-4 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. ... I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
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