1 Corinthians 4

1 So let a man count us as attendants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 But furthermore, it is required in stewards, in order that someone should be found faithful. 3 But it is at the least concern to me, in order that I might be judged by you* or by a human judgment day. But I am not even judging myself. 4 For* I have been conscious of nothing in myself, but I have not been made righteous in this thing. But he who is judging me is the Lord. 5 So, then, do not judge anything before the time, until the Lord should come, who will both be illuminating the hidden things of darkness and will be manifesting the plans of the hearts, and then the praise from God will happen for each.

6 Now brethren, I fashioned these things to myself and Apollos because of you*; in order that you* may learn in us not to have a mindset to go beyond what has been written; in order that no one should be arrogant on behalf of one against the other. 7 For* who is making you the judge? But what do you have which you did not receive? But if you also received it, why are you boasting as having not receive it? 8 Already you* are satisfied, already you* were enriched, you* reigned as kings without us, and yet, I wish, that you* did yet reign, in order that we also might reign together with you*. 9 For* I am thinking that God has showed us, the apostles, last of all, as men doomed to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to messengers and men. 10 We are foolish because of Christ, but you* are prudent in Christ. We are weak, but you* are strong. You* are glorious, but we are dishonored. 11 We are both hungry and thirsty, till the current hour, and are naked and are battered and are homeless; 12 and we are laboring, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we are speaking well of them; being persecuted, we are tolerating it; 13 being blasphemed, we are encouraging. We have become like the scums of the world, the garbage of all things, even until now.

14 I am not writing these things to be embarrassing you*, but I am admonishing you * as my beloved children. 15 For* even if you* have ten thousand tutors in Christ, but you * do not have many fathers, for* I fathered you* in Christ Jesus through the good, news. 16 Therefore I am encouraging you*. Become imitators of me. 17 Because of this, I have sent Timothy to you*, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who will be reminding you* of my ways, the ones in Christ, just, as I am teaching everywhere in every congregation*. 18 Now some were being arrogant as though I am not coming to you*. 19 But I will be coming to you* shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the speech of those who have been arrogant, but the power. 20 For* the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power. 21 What do you* wish? Should I come to you* with* a rod, or in love* and a spirit of meekness?



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