1 Corinthians 4 ©
Paul sheweth in what account such as he should be held, of whose fidelity it should be left to God to judge. He dissuadeth the Corinthians from valuing themselves in one teacher above another, since all had their respective distinctions from God. To their self-sufficient vanity he opposeth his own despised and afflicted state; warning them, as their only father in Christ, and urging them to follow him. 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.
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.