1Let a man so account of us as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2Here, further, it is sought in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3But for me it is the very smallest matter that I be examined of you or of man's day. Nor do I even examine myself. 4For I am conscious of nothing in myself; but I am not justified by this: but he that examines me is the Lord. 5So that do not judge anything before the time, until the Lord shall come, who shall also both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and shall make manifest the counsels of hearts; and then shall each have hispraise from God. 6Now these things, brethren, I have transferred, in their application, to myself and Apollos, for your sakes, that ye may learn in us the lesson of not letting your thoughts goabove what is written, that ye may not be puffed up one for such a one against another.
7For who makes thee to differ? and what hast thou which thou hast not received? but if also thou hast received, why boastest thou as not receiving? 8Already ye are filled; already ye have been enriched; ye have reigned without us; and I would that ye reigned, that we also might reign with you. 9For I think that God has set us the apostles for the last, as appointed to death. For we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and men. 10We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye prudent in Christ: we weak, but ye strong: ye glorious, but we in dishonour. 11To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are in nakedness, and buffeted, and wander without a home, 12and labour, working with our own hands. Railed at, we bless; persecuted, we suffer it; 13insulted, we entreat: we are become as the offscouring of the world, the refuse of all, until now.
14Not as chiding do I write these things to you, but as my beloved children I admonish you. 15For if ye should have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the glad tidings. 16I entreat you therefore, be my imitators.
17For this reason I have sent to you Timotheus, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who shall put you in mind of my ways as they are in Christ, according as I teach everywhere in every assembly. 18But some have been puffed up, as if I were not coming to you; 19but I will come quickly to you, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of those that are puffed up, but the power. 20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 21What will ye? that I come to you with a rod; or in love, and in a spirit of meekness?