1 Corinthians

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1 Paul sheweth in what account such as he should be held, of whose fidelity it should be left to God to judge. 6 He dissuadeth the Corinthians from valuing themselves in one teacher above another, since all had their respective distinctions from God. 8 To their self-sufficient vanity he opposeth his own despised and afflicted state; 14 warning them, as their only father in Christ, and urging them to follow him. 17 For the same cause he sent Timotheus, and meant soon to follow in person, when he would enquire into the authority of such as opposed him.


LET a man so account of us, as of athe ministers of Christ, and bstewards of the mysteries of God.


Moreover it is required in stewards, that ca man be found faithful.


But with me dit is a very small thing that I should be ejudged of you, or of man's 1judgment: fyea, I judge not mine own self.


For gI know nothing *by myself; hyet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.


iTherefore 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.


And jthese things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us knot to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you lbe puffed up for one against another.

l v.18,19.

For mwho 2maketh 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 ?


nNow ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: oand *I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.


For I think that pGod hath set forth 3us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a 4spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.


qWe 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.


rEven unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;


sAnd labour, working with our own hands: tbeing reviled, we bless; ubeing persecuted, we suffer it:


Being defamed, we intreat: vwe are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.


wI write not these things to shame you, but xas my beloved sons I warn you.


For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: yfor in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.


Wherefore I beseech you, zbe ye followers of me.


For this cause have I sent unto you aTimotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, bas I teach every where in every church.


Now some care puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

c v.6. ch. 5.2.

dBut 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.


eFor the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.


What will ye? shall I come unto you fwith a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?