So then, men ought to regard us as servants1 of Christ and as those entrusted2 with the secret things3 of God.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.
My conscience4 is clear, but that does not make me innocent.5 It is the Lord who judges me.65
Therefore judge nothing7 before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.8 He will bring to light9 what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.106
Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written."11 Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.127
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive?13 And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich!14 You have become kings--and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you!
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die15 in the arena. We have been made a spectacle16 to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.
We are fools for Christ,17 but you are so wise in Christ!18 We are weak, but you are strong!19 You are honored, we are dishonored!