1 Let a man so account us, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But it is a very small thing with me, to be judged by you or by any man's judgment; yea, I judge not myself. 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. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and manifest the counsels of the hearts. And then shall every one have praise from God.
6 These things, brethren, I have by a figure transferred to myself and Apollos, for your sakes; that ye may learn in us, not to think of men above what is here written, that ye may not be puffed up for one above another. 7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou which thou hast not received? But if thou hast received it, why dost thou boast, as if thou hadst not received it? 8 Now ye are full: now ye are rich: ye have reigned as kings without us. And I would ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 9 For I think God hath set forth us the apostles last, as appointed to death; for we are made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We 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. 11 Even to this present hour, we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain abode, And labour, working with our own hands: 12 being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and off-scouring of all things to this day.
14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. 15 For if ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; for I have begotten you in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I beseech you therefore, be ye followers of me. 17 For this cause I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 18 Now some are puffed up, as if I would not come to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord permit, and will know, not the speech of them who are puffed up, but the power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power. 21 What will ye? That I come to you with a rod? or in love, and the spirit of meekness?