1 Corinthians 4

Servants of Christ

Let a man regard us in this manner, as a servants of Christ and b stewards of c the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required
Lit in
of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human
Lit day
court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.
For I f am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this g acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore h do not go on
Lit judging anything
passing judgment before
I.e. the appointed time of judgment
the time, but wait k until the Lord comes who will both l bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s m praise will come to him from God.

Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed n what is written, so that no one of you will o become
Lit puffed up
arrogant q in behalf of one against the other.
For who regards you as superior? r What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

You are s already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men t condemned to death; because we u have become a spectacle to the world
Or and to angels and to men
both to angels and to men.
10 We are w fools for Christ’s sake, but x you are prudent in Christ; y we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. 11 To this present hour we are both z hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 12 and we toil aa working with our own hands; when we are ab reviled, we bless; when we are ac persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to
Or console
conciliate; we have ae become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.

14 I do not write these things to af shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved ag children. 15 For if you were to have countless ah tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in ai Christ Jesus I aj became your father through the ak gospel. 16 Therefore I exhort you, be al imitators of me. 17 For this reason I am have sent to you an Timothy, who is my ao beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ ap just as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some have become
Lit puffed up
ar arrogant, as though I were not as coming to you.
19 But I at will come to you soon, au if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the
Lit word
words of those who are aw arrogant but their power.
20 For the kingdom of God does ax not consist in
Lit word
words but in power.
21 What do you desire? az Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?
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