Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
I Corinthians 4
Stewards of the Mysteries of God
I Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
I Corinthians 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human (Lit. day) court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
I Corinthians 4:4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
I Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the (motives) counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
Fools for Christ’s Sake
I Corinthians 4:6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be [arrogant] puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
I Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you differ from another (distinguishes you)? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
I Corinthians 4:8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
I Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle (Lit. theater) to the world, both to angels and to men.
I Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
I Corinthians 4:11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
I Corinthians 4:12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
I Corinthians 4:13 being defamed, we (exhort, encourage) entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the off scouring of all things until now.
Paul’s Paternal Care
I Corinthians 4:14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
I Corinthians 4:15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel (raised you from the spiritually dead).
“Begotten” means “raised from the dead”:
- Acts 13:33 God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’
- 1 Peter 1:3 A Heavenly Inheritance – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
- Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He (the Father) who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.”
- John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.