Chapter Corinthians 4
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and
stewards of the mysteries of God.
2Moreover it is required in stewards,
that a man be found faithful.
3But 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
4For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but
he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5Therefore 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.
6And 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.
7For 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?
8Now 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.
9For 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.
10We 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.
11Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked,
and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we
13Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the
world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
15For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have
ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the
16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
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.
18Now some are puffed up, as
though I would not come to you.
19But I will come to you shortly, if the
Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the
20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
21What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and
in the spirit of meekness?