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1 Corinthians 4 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 People should think of us as servants of Christ and managers who are entrusted with God's mysteries. 1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.
2 Managers are required to be trustworthy. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
3 It means very little to me that you or any human court should cross-examine me. I don't even ask myself questions. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.
4 I have a clear conscience, but that doesn't mean I have God's approval. It is the Lord who cross-examines me. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
5 Therefore, don't judge anything before the appointed time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will also bring to light what is hidden in the dark and reveal people's motives. Then each person will receive praise from God. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
6 Brothers and sisters, I have applied this to Apollos and myself for your sake. You should learn from us not to go beyond what is written in Scripture. Then you won't arrogantly place one of us in opposition to the other. 6 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." Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.
7 Who says that you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn't given to you? If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren't a gift? 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
8 You already have what you want! You've already become rich! You've become kings without us! I wish you really were kings so that we could be kings with you. 8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! 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!
9 As I see it, God has placed us apostles last in line, like people condemned to die. We have become a spectacle for people and angels to look at. 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.
10 We have given up our wisdom for Christ, but you have insight because of Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!
11 To this moment, we are hungry, thirsty, poorly dressed, roughly treated, and homeless. 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.
12 We wear ourselves out doing physical labor. When people verbally abuse us, we bless them. When people persecute us, we endure it. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
13 When our reputations are attacked, we remain courteous. Right now we have become garbage in the eyes of the world and trash in the sight of all people. 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.
14 I'm not writing this to make you feel ashamed but to instruct you as my dear children. 14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
15 You may have countless Christian guardians, but you don't have many [spiritual] fathers. I became your father in the Christian life by telling you the Good News about Christ Jesus. 15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
16 So I encourage you to imitate me. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 That's why I've sent Timothy to you to help you remember my Christian way of life as I teach it everywhere in every church. Timothy is my dear child, and he faithfully does the Lord's work. 17 For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son 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.
18 Some of you have become arrogant because you think I won't pay you a visit. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19 If it's the Lord's will, I'll visit you soon. Then I'll know what these arrogant people are saying and what power they have. 19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.
20 God's kingdom is not just talk, it is power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 When I come to visit you, would you prefer that I punish you or show you love and a gentle spirit? 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?