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Servants of Christ

1 Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants R139 of Christ and stewards R140 of the R141 mysteries of God. 2 In this case, moreover, it is required of F38 stewards that one be found trustworthy. 3 But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; F39 in fact, I do not even examine myself. 4 For I am R142 conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; R143 but the one who examines me is the Lord. 5 Therefore do R144 not go on passing F40 judgment before the F41 time, but wait until R145 the Lord comes who will both bring R146 to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise R147 will come to him from God.

6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what R148 is written, so that no one of you will become R149 arrogant F42 in R150 behalf of one against the other. 7 For who regards you as superior? What R151 do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

8 You are already R152 filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. 9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned R153 to death; because we have R154 become a spectacle to the world, both F43 to angels and to men. 10 We are fools R155 for Christ's sake, but you R156 are prudent in Christ; we R157 are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. 11 To this present hour we are both hungry R158 and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 12 and we toil, working R159 with our own hands; when we are reviled, R160 we bless; when we are persecuted, R161 we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; F44 we have become R162 as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.

14 I do not write these things to shame R163 you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. R164 15 For if you were to have countless tutors R165 in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ R166 Jesus I became R167 your father through the gospel. R168 16 Therefore I exhort you, be imitators R169 of me. 17 For this reason I have R170 sent to you Timothy, R171 who is my beloved R172 and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just R173 as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some have become arrogant, R174 F45 as though I were not coming R175 to you. 19 But I will R176 come to you soon, if R177 the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words F46 of those who are arrogant R178 but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not R179 consist in words F47 but in power. 21 What do you desire? Shall R180 I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

F38: Lit in
F39: Lit day
F40: Lit judging anything
F41: I.e. the appointed time of judgment
F42: Lit puffed up
F43: Or and to angels and to men
F44: Or console
F45: Lit puffed up
F46: Lit word
F47: Lit word

R139: Luke 1:2
R140: 1 Corinthians 9:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 4:10
R141: Romans 11:25; 16:25
R142: Acts 23:1; 2 Corinthians 1:12
R143: Psalms 143:2; Romans 2:13
R144: Matthew 7:1; Romans 2:1
R145: John 21:22; Romans 2:16
R146: 1 Corinthians 3:13
R147: Romans 2:29; 1 Corinthians 3:8; 2 Corinthians 10:18
R148: 1 Corinthians 1:19,31; 3:19f
R149: 1 Corinthians 4:18f; 8:1; 13:4
R150: 1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:4
R151: John 3:27; Romans 12:3,6; 1 Peter 4:10
R152: Revelation 3:17f
R153: Romans 8:36; 1 Corinthians 15:31; 2 Corinthians 11:23
R154: Hebrews 10:33
R155: Acts 17:18; 26:24; 1 Corinthians 1:18
R156: 1 Corinthians 1:19f; 3:18; 2 Corinthians 11:19
R157: 1 Corinthians 2:3; 2 Corinthians 13:9
R158: Romans 8:35; 2 Corinthians 11:23-27
R159: Acts 18:3
R160: 1 Peter 3:9
R161: John 15:20; Romans 8:35
R162: Lamentations 3:45
R163: 1 Corinthians 6:5; 15:34
R164: 2 Corinthians 6:13; 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:11; 1 John 2:1; 3 John 1:4
R165: Galatians 3:24f
R166: 1 Corinthians 1:30
R167: Numbers 11:12; 1 Corinthians 3:8; Galatians 4:19; Philemon 1:1:10
R168: 1 Corinthians 9:12,14,18,23; 15:1
R169: 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:9
R170: 1 Corinthians 16:10
R171: Acts 16:1
R172: 1 Corinthians 4:14; 1 Timothy 1:2,18; 2 Timothy 1:2
R173: 1 Corinthians 7:17; 14:33; 16:1; Titus 1:5
R174: 1 Corinthians 4:6
R175: 1 Corinthians 4:21
R176: Acts 19:21; 20:2; 1 Corinthians 11:34; 16:5f; 16:7-9; 2 Corinthians 1:15f
R177: Acts 18:21
R178: 1 Corinthians 4:6
R179: 1 Corinthians 2:4
R180: 2 Corinthians 1:23; 2:1,3; 12:20; 13:2,10


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