King James Version1 Corinthians4

1 Corinthians

1 Let a man so ac­count of us, as of the min­is­ters of Christ, and stew­ards of the mys­ter­ies of God. 2 More­over it is re­quired in stew­ards, that a man be found faith­ful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judg­ment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know noth­ing by my­self; yet am I not here­by jus­ti­fied: but he that jud­geth me is the Lord. 5 There­fore judge noth­ing be­fore the time, un­til the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hid­den things of dark­ness, and will make man­i­fest the coun­sels of the hearts: and then shall ev­ery man have praise of God. 6 And these things, brethren, I have in a fig­ure trans­ferred to my­self and to Apol­los for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is writ­ten, that no one of you be puffed up for one against an­oth­er. 7 For who maketh thee to dif­fer from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not re­ceive? now if thou didst re­ceive it, why dost thou glo­ry, as if thou hadst not re­ceived it? 8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings with­out us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apos­tles last, as it were ap­point­ed to death: for we are made a spec­ta­cle unto the world, and to an­gels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are hon­ourable, but we are de­spised. 11 Even unto this pre­sent hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buf­fet­ed, and have no cer­tain dwelling­place; 12 And labour, work­ing with our own hands: be­ing re­viled, we bless; be­ing per­se­cut­ed, we suf­fer it: 13 Be­ing de­famed, we in­treat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the off­s­cour­ing of all things unto this day. 14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 15 For though ye have ten thou­sand in­struc­tors in Christ, yet have ye not many fa­thers: for in Christ Je­sus I have be­got­ten you through the gospel. 16 Where­fore I be­seech you, be ye fol­low­ers of me. 17 For this cause have I sent unto you Tim­o­theus, who is my beloved son, and faith­ful in the Lord, who shall bring you into re­mem­brance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach ev­ery where in ev­ery church. 18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. 19 But I will come to you short­ly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the pow­er. 20 For the king­dom of God is not in word, but in pow­er. 21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spir­it of meek­ness?