Brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit. I've done this so that you can learn what it means not to go beyond what has been written and so none of you will become arrogant by supporting one of us against the other.
Who says that you are better than anyone else? What do you have that you didn't receive? And if you received it, then why are you bragging as if you didn't receive it?
You've been filled already! You've become rich already! You rule like kings without us! I wish you did rule so that we could be kings with you!
I suppose that God has shown that we apostles are at the end of the line. We are like prisoners sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle in the world, both to angels and to humans.
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise through Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, but we are dishonored!
Up to this very moment we are hungry, thirsty, wearing rags, abused, and homeless.
We work hard with our own hands. When we are insulted, we respond with a blessing; when we are harassed, we put up with it;
when our reputation is attacked, we are encouraging. We have become the scum of the earth, the waste that runs off everything, up to the present time.