1 Corinthians 4 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You should think of us as Christ's servants, who have been put in charge of God's secret truths. 1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.
2 The one thing required of such servants is that they be faithful to their master. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
3 Now, I am not at all concerned about being judged by you or by any human standard; I don't even pass judgment on 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 My conscience is clear, but that does not prove that I am really innocent. The Lord is the one who passes judgment on me. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
5 So you should not pass judgment on anyone before the right time comes. Final judgment must wait until the Lord comes; he will bring to light the dark secrets and expose the hidden purposes of people's minds. And then all will receive from God the praise they deserve. 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 For your sake, my friends, I have applied all this to Apollos and me, using the two of us as an example, so that you may learn what the saying means, "Observe the proper rules." None of you should be proud of one person and despise another. 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 made you superior to others? Didn't God give you everything you have? Well, then, how can you boast, as if what you have were not 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 Do you already have everything you need? Are you already rich? Have you become kings, even though we are not? Well, I wish you really were kings, so that we could be kings together 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 it seems to me that God has given the very last place to us apostles, like people condemned to die in public as a spectacle for the whole world of angels and of human beings. 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 For Christ's sake we are fools; but you are wise in union with Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! We are despised, but you are honored! 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 very moment we go hungry and thirsty; we are clothed in rags; we are beaten; we wander from place to place; 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 with hard work. When we are cursed, 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 insulted, we answer back with kind words. We are no more than this world's garbage; we are the scum of the earth to this very moment! 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 write this to you, not because I want to make you feel ashamed, but to instruct you as my own dear children. 14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
15 For even if you have ten thousand guardians in your Christian life, you have only one father. For in your life in union with Christ Jesus I have become your father by bringing the Good News to you. 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 I beg you, then, to follow my example. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 For this purpose I am sending to you Timothy, who is my own dear and faithful son in the Christian life. He will remind you of the principles which I follow in the new life in union with Christ Jesus and which I teach in all the churches everywhere. 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 proud because you have thought that I would not be coming to visit you. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19 If the Lord is willing, however, I will come to you soon, and then I will find out for myself the power which these proud people have, and not just what they say. 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 a matter of words but of power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in a spirit of love and gentleness? 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?