NASB — 1 Corinthians 4 — KJV

Servants of Christ

1 Let a man regard us in this manner, as aservants of Christ and bstewards of cthe mysteries of God. 2 In this case, moreover, it is required Iof stewards that one be found trustworthy. 3 But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by [any] human Icourt; in fact, I do not even examine myself. 4 For I aam conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this bacquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. 5 Therefore ado not go on Ipassing judgment before IIthe time, [but wait] buntil the Lord comes who will both cbring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of [men’s] hearts; and then each man’s dpraise will come to him from God.

[1] aLk 1:2 b1Co 9:17; Tit 1:7; 1P 4:10 cRo 11:25; 16:25
[2] ILit in
[3] ILit day
[4] aAc 23:1; 2Co 1:12 bPs 143:2; Ro 2:13
[5] ILit judging anything III.e. the appointed time of judgment aMt 7:1; Ro 2:1 bJn 21:22; Ro 2:16 c1Co 3:13 dRo 2:29; 1Co 3:8; 2Co 10:18

6 ¶ 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 awhat is written, so that no one of you will bbecome Iarrogant cin behalf of one against the other. 7 For who regards you as superior? aWhat 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?

[6] ILit puffed up a1Co 1:19, 31; 3:19f b1Co 4:18f; 8:1; 13:4 c1Co 1:12; 3:4
[7] aJn 3:27; Ro 12:3, 6; 1P 4:10

8 ¶ You are aalready 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. 9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men acondemned to death; because we bhave become a spectacle to the world, Iboth to angels and to men. 10 We are afools for Christ’s sake, but byou are prudent in Christ; cwe are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. 11 To this present hour we are both ahungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 12 and we toil, aworking with our own hands; when we are breviled, we bless; when we are cpersecuted, we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to Iconciliate; we have abecome as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, [even] until now.

[8] aRv 3:17f
[9] IOr and to angels and to men aRo 8:36; 1Co 15:31; 2Co 11:23 bHe 10:33
[10] aAc 17:18; 26:24; 1Co 1:18 b1Co 1:19f; 3:18; 2Co 11:19 c1Co 2:3; 2Co 13:9
[11] aRo 8:35; 2Co 11:23-27
[12] aAc 18:3 b1P 3:9 cJn 15:20; Ro 8:35
[13] IOr console aLm 3:45

14 ¶ I do not write these things to ashame you, but to admonish you as my beloved bchildren. 15 For if you were to have countless atutors in Christ, yet [you would] not [have] many fathers, for in bChrist Jesus I cbecame your father through the dgospel. 16 Therefore I exhort you, be aimitators of me. 17 For this reason I ahave sent to you bTimothy, who is my cbeloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, djust as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some have become Iaarrogant, as though I were not bcoming to you. 19 But I awill come to you soon, bif the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the Iwords of those who are carrogant but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does anot consist in Iwords but in power. 21 What do you desire? aShall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

[14] a1Co 6:5; 15:34 b2Co 6:13; 12:14; 1Th 2:11; 1 Jn 2:1; 3 Jn 4
[15] aGa 3:24f b1Co 1:30 cNu 11:12; 1Co 3:8; Ga 4:19; Phm 10 d1Co 9:12, 14, 18, 23; 15:1
[16] a1Co 11:1; Php 3:17; 4:9; 1Th 1:6; 2Th 3:9
[17] a1Co 16:10 bAc 16:1 c1Co 4:14; 1Ti 1:2, 18; 2Ti 1:2 d1Co 7:17; 14:33; 16:1; Tit 1:5
[18] ILit puffed up a1Co 4:6 b1Co 4:21
[19] ILit word aAc 19:21; 20:2; 1Co 11:34; 16:5f; 16:7-9; 2Co 1:15f bAc 18:21 c1Co 4:6
[20] ILit word a1Co 2:4
[21] a2Co 1:23; 2:1, 3; 12:20; 13:2, 10


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In what account the ministers ought to be had.

1 ¶ Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

[1] Mt 13:11; 24:45; Mk 4:11; Lk 8:10; 12:42; 16:1; Ro 16:25; 1Co 2:7; 3:5; 4:13; 9:16; 2Co 4:5; 6:4; 11:23; 12:6; Ep 1:9; 3:3; 6:19; Col 1:25, 26; 2:2; 4:3; 1Ti 3:6, 9, 16; Tit 1:7; 1P 4:10.
[2] Nu 12:7; Pv 13:17; Mt 25:21, 23; Lk 12:42; 16:10; 1Co 4:17; 7:25; 2Co 2:17; 4:2; Col 1:7; 4:7, 17.
[3] 1S 16:7; Jn 7:24; 1Co 2:15; 3:13.
[4] Jb 9:2, 20; 15:14; 25:4; 27:6; 40:4; Ps 7:3; 19:12; 26:12; 50:6; 130:3; 143:2; Pv 21:2; Jn 21:17; Ro 3:19; 4:2; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 1:12; 5:10; 1Jn 3:20.
[5] Ec 11:9; 12:14; Mal 3:18; Mt 7:1; 24:30, 46; 25:21, 23; Lk 6:37; 12:1; Jn 5:44; Ro 2:1, 7, 16, 29; 14:4, 10; 1Co 1:7; 3:13; 11:26; 15:23; 2Co 4:2; 5:10; 10:18; 1Th 5:2; He 4:13; Jm 4:11; 5:7; 1P 1:7; 5:4; 2P 3:4, 12; Jde 1:14; Rv 1:7; 20:12.
[6] Nu 11:28; Jb 11:11; Ps 8:4; 146:3; Is 2:22; Jr 17:5; Mt 23:8; Jn 3:26; Ro 12:3; 1Co 1:12; 3:4, 21; 4:18; 5:2, 6; 8:1; 9:23; 13:4; 2Co 4:15; 10:7, 12, 15; 11:4, 12; 12:6, 19; Col 2:18; 1Th 1:5; 2Ti 2:10.

We have nothing which we have not received.

7 For who maketh thee to differ [from another]? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive [it], why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received [it]? 8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

[7] 1Ch 29:11; 2Ch 1:7; 32:23; Pv 2:6; Ezk 28:2; 29:3; Dn 4:30; 5:18, 23; Mt 25:14; Lk 19:13; Jn 1:16; 3:27; Ac 12:22; Ro 1:5; 9:16; 12:6; 1Co 3:5; 5:6; 7:7; 12:4; 15:10; Ep 3:3; 2Th 2:12; 1Ti 1:12; Tit 3:3; Jm 1:17; 1P 4:10.
[8] Nu 11:29; Ps 122:5; Pv 13:7; 25:14; Is 5:21; Jr 28:6; Lk 1:51; 6:25; Ac 20:29; 26:29; Ro 12:3, 15, 16; 1Co 1:5; 3:1; 4:18; 5:6; 2Co 11:1; 13:9; Ga 6:3; Php 1:27; 2:12; 1Th 2:19; 3:6; 2Ti 2:11; Rv 3:17; 5:10.

The Apostles spectacles to the world, angels, and men,

9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 10 We [are] fools for Christ's sake, but ye [are] wise in Christ; we [are] weak, but ye [are] strong; ye [are] honourable, but we [are] despised. 11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; 12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

[9] Ps 44:22; Ac 19:29, 31; Ro 8:36; 1Co 15:30; 2Co 1:8; 4:8; 6:9; Php 1:29; 1Th 3:3; 5:9; He 1:14; 10:33; 11:36; Rv 6:9; 7:11; 17:6.
[10] 2K 9:11; Pv 11:12; Is 53:3; Jr 8:8; Ho 9:7; Mt 5:11; 10:22; 24:9; Lk 6:22; 10:16; 18:9; Ac 9:16; 17:18, 32; 26:24; 1Co 1:1, 18, 26; 2:3, 14; 3:2, 18; 4:8; 10:12, 14; 2Co 10:10; 11:29; 12:9; 13:3, 9; 1Th 4:8; 1P 4:14.
[11] Jb 22:6; Mt 8:20; Ac 14:19; 16:23; 23:2; Ro 8:35; 1Co 9:4; 2Co 4:8; 6:4; 11:23, 26; Php 4:12; 2Ti 3:11.
[12] Mt 5:11, 44; Lk 6:28; 23:34; Ac 7:60; 18:3; 20:34; Ro 12:14, 20; 1Co 9:6; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8; 1Ti 4:10; 1P 2:23; 3:9, 14; 4:12, 19; Jde 1:9.

the filth and offscouring of the world:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, [and are] the offscouring of all things unto this day. 14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn [you].

[13] Lm 3:45; Ac 22:22.
[14] Ezk 3:21; Ac 20:31; 1Co 4:15; 9:15; 2Co 6:11; 7:3; 11:11; 12:14, 19; Col 1:28; 1Th 2:11; 5:14.

yet our fathers in Christ,

15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

[15] Ac 18:4; Ro 15:20; 1Co 3:6, 10; 9:1; 2Co 3:1; Ga 4:19; 2Ti 4:3; Tit 1:4; Phm 1:10, 19; Jm 1:18; 1P 1:23.

whom we ought to follow.

16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. 17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. 20 For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power. 21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and [in] the spirit of meekness?

[16] Jn 10:4; 1Co 11:1; Php 3:17; 1Th 1:6; 2Th 3:9; He 13:7; 1P 5:3.
[17] Nu 12:7; Pv 13:17; Mt 24:45; 25:21, 23; Ac 19:21; 1Co 4:2, 15; 7:17, 25; 11:2, 16; 14:33; 16:1, 10; Ep 6:21; Php 2:19; Col 1:7; 4:9; 1Th 3:2; 1Ti 1:2; 2Ti 1:2; 2:2; 3:10; Rv 2:10, 13.
[18] 1Co 4:6; 5:2.
[19] Ac 18:21; 19:21; Ro 15:32; 1Co 2:6; 4:18; 14:5; 2Co 1:15, 17, 23; 2:1; 13:1; He 6:3; Jm 4:15.
[20] Ro 1:16; 14:17; 15:19; 1Co 1:24; 2:4; 2Co 10:4; 1Th 1:5.
[21] 1Co 5:5; 2Co 3:10; 10:1, 2, 6, 8; 12:20; 13:2; 1Th 2:7; Jm 3:17.


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