1 Corinthians 4 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 People should think of us as servants of Christ, the ones God has trusted with his secrets. 1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.
2 Now in this way those who are trusted with something valuable must show they are worthy of that trust. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
3 As for myself, I do not care if I am judged by you or by any human court. 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 I know of no wrong I have done, but this does not make me right before the Lord. The Lord is the One who judges me. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
5 So do not judge before the right time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people's hearts. Then God will praise each one of them. 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 used Apollos and myself as examples so you could learn through us the meaning of the saying, "Follow only what is written in the Scriptures." Then you will not be more proud of one person than 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 says you are better than others? What do you have that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why do you brag as if you did not receive it as 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 think you already have everything you need. You think you are rich. You think you have become kings without us. I wish you really were kings so 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 But it seems to me that God has put us apostles in last place, like those sentenced to die. We are like a show for the whole world to see -- angels and 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 Christ's sake, but you are very wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You receive honor, but we are shamed. 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 Even to this very hour we do not have enough to eat or drink or to wear. We are often beaten, and we have no homes in which to live. 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.
12 We work hard with our own hands for our food. When people curse us, we bless them. When they hurt us, we put up with it. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
13 When they tell evil lies about us, we speak nice words about them. Even today, we are treated as though we were the garbage of the world -- the filth of the earth. 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 trying to make you feel ashamed. I am writing this to give you a warning as my own dear children. 14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
15 For though you may have ten thousand teachers in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Through the Good News I became your father in 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 beg you, please follow my example. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 That is why I am sending to you Timothy, my son in the Lord. I love Timothy, and he is faithful. He will help you remember my way of life in Christ Jesus, just as I teach it 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, thinking that I will not come to you again. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you very soon if the Lord wishes. Then I will know what the proud ones do, not 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 because the kingdom of God is present not in talk but in power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 Which do you want: that I come to you with punishment or with love and gentleness? 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?