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1 Corinthians 4 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Thus let a person consider us as servants of Christ and stewards of 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 In this case, moreover, it is sought in stewards that one be found faithful. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
3 But to me it is a very little matter that I be judged by you or by a human court, but I do not [even] judge myself. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.
4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, but not by this am I vindicated. But the one who judges me is the Lord. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
5 Therefore do not judge anything before the time, until the Lord should come, who will both enlighten the hidden things of darkness and will reveal the counsels of hearts, and then praise will come to each one 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 Now I have applied these things, brothers, to myself and Apollos for your sake, in order that in us you may learn not [to go] beyond what is written, lest someone be inflated with pride on behalf of one [person] against 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 For who concedes you [superiority]? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if indeed you received [it], why do you boast as [if you] did not receive [it]? 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 Already you are satiated! Already you are rich! Apart from us you reign as kings! And would that indeed you reigned as kings, in order that we also might reign as 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 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as condemned to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to people. 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 [are] fools for the sake of Christ, but you [are] prudent in 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 Until the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty and poorly clothed and 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 and we toil, working with our own hands. [When we are] reviled, we bless; [when we are] persecuted, we endure; 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
13 [when we are] slandered, we encourage. We have become like the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all [things], until now. 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 am not writing these [things] to shame you, but admonishing [you] as my dear children. 14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
15 For if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, yet [you do] not [have] many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I fathered you through the gospel. 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 Therefore I exhort you, become imitators of me. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 Because of this, I have sent to you Timothy, who is my dear and faithful child in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church. 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 But some have become arrogant, as [if] I were not coming to you. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19 But I am coming to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will know not the talk of the ones who have become arrogant, but the power. 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 For the kingdom of God [is] not with talk, but with power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness? 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?