1 Corinthians 4:14-21 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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14 I do not write 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 have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus 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 urge you, then, be imitators of me. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17 Therefore I sent to you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, 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 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 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 does not consist in talk but in power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, 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?