1 Corinthians 4:11-21 NIV

11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.1

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12 We work hard with our own hands.2 When we are cursed, we bless;3 when we are persecuted,4 we endure it;

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13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse5 of the world.

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14 I am not writing this to shame you,6 but to warn you, as my dear children.7

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15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father8 through the gospel.9

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16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.10

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17 For this reason I am sending to you11 Timothy,12 my son13 whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.14

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18 Some of you have become arrogant,15 as if I were not coming to you.16

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      19 But I will come to you very soon,17 if the Lord is willing,18 and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.

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      20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of19 talk but of power.20

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      21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip,21 or in love and with a gentle spirit?

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