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1 Corinthians 3:4

4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

Read 1 Corinthians 3:4 Using Other Translations

For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos,"are you not being merely human?
When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?

What does 1 Corinthians 3:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Corinthians 3:4

For while one saith, I am of Paul
This shows what their envying and strife, and divisions were about, and from whence they sprung; and which serve, to strengthen the proof, and support the charge of carnality brought against them; for when one sort made a party for Paul, and set up him as their minister above all others; and said

another, I am of Apollos,
preferring him for his eloquence above Paul, or any other preacher, as appears from ( 1 Corinthians 1:12 ) there was a third sort for Cephas, whom they cried up as superior to the other two, or any other man; and a fourth were for Christ, and despised all ministers whatever:

are ye not carnal?
all this was a demonstration of it: they could never clear themselves from it, they must be convicted in their own consciences of it; to which the apostle appeals: the Alexandrian copy and the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read, "are ye not men?"

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