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1 Corinthians 4:12-21 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when 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 slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day. 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 this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
15 For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father 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 I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them 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 of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their 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 depends not on talk but on power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in 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?