Let a manregard us in thismanner, as 1servants of Christ and 2stewards of 3the mysteries of God.
In thiscase, moreover, it is requiredaof stewards that one be foundtrustworthy.
But to me it is a verysmallthing that I may be examined by you, or by any humanbcourt ; in fact, I do not evenexaminemyself.
For I 4amconscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this5acquitted ; but the one who examines me is the Lord.
5Therefore6do not go on cpassingjudgmentbeforedthe time, but wait 7until the Lordcomeswho will both8bring to light the thingshidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts ; and theneachman's9praise will come to him from God.
6Nowthesethings, brethren, I have figurativelyapplied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed10what is written, so that noone of you will 11become earrogant12in behalf of oneagainst the other.
For whoregards you as superior ? 13What 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?
You are 14alreadyfilled, you have alreadybecomerich, you have becomekingswithout us; and indeed, I wish that you had becomekingsso that we also might reign with you.
For, I think, God has exhibited us apostleslast of all, as men15condemned to death ; because we 16have become a spectacle to the world, fboth to angels and to men.
We are 17fools for Christ'ssake, but 18you are prudent in Christ ; 19we are weak, but you are strong ; you are distinguished, but we are withouthonor.
To thispresenthour we are both20hungry and thirsty, and are poorlyclothed, and are roughlytreated, and are homeless ;
and we toil, 21working with our ownhands ; when we are 22reviled, we bless ; when we are 23persecuted, we endure ;
when we are slandered, we try to gconciliate ; we have 24become as the scum of the world, the dregs of allthings, even untilnow.
I do not writethesethings to 25shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved26children.
For if you were to havecountless27tutors in Christ, yet you would not have manyfathers, for in 28ChristJesus I 29became your fatherthrough the 30gospel.
16Therefore I exhort you, be 31imitators of me.
For thisreason I 32have sent to you 33Timothy, who is my 34beloved and faithfulchild in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, 35just as I teacheverywhere in everychurch.
18Nowsome have become h36arrogant, as though I were not 37coming to you.
But I 38will come to you soon, 39if the Lordwills, and I shall find out, not the iwords of those who are 40arrogant but their power.
For the kingdom of God does 41not consist in jwords but in power.
21What do you desire ? 42Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness ?