4:1 Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.
4:2 Here now it is required among the dispensers, that a man be found faithful.
4:3 But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you, or by man's day; but neither do I judge my own self.
4:4 For I am not conscious to myself of any thing, yet am I not hereby justified; but he that judgeth me, is the Lord.
4:5 Therefore judge not 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 from God.
4:6 But these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollo, for your sakes; that in us you may learn, that one be not puffed up against the other for another, above that which is written.
4:7 For who distinguisheth thee ? Or what hast thou that thou hast not received ? And if thou hast received, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it ?
4:8 You are now full; you are now become rich; you reign without us; and I would to God you did reign, that we also might reign with you.
4:9 For I think that God hath set forth us apostles, the last, as it were men appointed to death: we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men.
4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we without honour.
4:11 Even unto this hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode;
4:12 And we labour, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless; we are persecuted, and we suffer it.
4:13 We are blasphemed, and we entreat; we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now.
4:14 I write not these things to confound you; but I admonish you as my dearest children.
4:15 For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you.
4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.
4:17 For this cause have I sent to you Timothy, who is my dearest son and faithful in the Lord; who will put you in mind of my ways, which are in Christ Jesus; as I teach every where in every church.
4:18 As if I would not come to you, so some are puffed up.
4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will: and will know, not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power.
4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power.
4:21 What will you ? shall I come to you with a rod; or in charity, and in the spirit of meekness ?
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