And I, brethren, was not able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly -- as to babes in Christ;
with milk I fed you, and not with meat, for ye were not yet able, but not even yet are ye now able,
for yet ye are fleshly, for where [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not fleshly, and in the manner of men do walk?
for when one may say, `I, indeed, am of Paul;' and another, `I -- of Apollos;' are ye not fleshly?
Who, then, is Paul, and who Apollos, but ministrants through whom ye did believe, and to each as the Lord gave?
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was giving growth;
so that neither is he who is planting anything, nor he who is watering, but He who is giving growth -- God;
and he who is planting and he who is watering are one, and each his own reward shall receive, according to his own labour,
for of God we are fellow-workmen; God's tillage, God's building ye are.
According to the grace of God that was given to me, as a wise master-builder, a foundation I have laid, and another doth build on [it],
for other foundation no one is able to lay except that which is laid, which is Jesus the Christ;
and if any one doth build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw --
of each the work shall become manifest, for the day shall declare [it], because in fire it is revealed, and the work of each, what kind it is, the fire shall prove;
if of any one the work doth remain that he built on [it], a wage he shall receive;
if of any the work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; and himself shall be saved, but so as through fire.
have ye not known that ye are a sanctuary of God, and the Spirit of God doth dwell in you?
if any one the sanctuary of God doth waste, him shall God waste; for the sanctuary of God is holy, the which ye are.
Let no one deceive himself; if any one doth seem to be wise among you in this age -- let him become a fool, that he may become wise,
for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it hath been written, `Who is taking the wise in their craftiness;'
and again, `The Lord doth know the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.'
So then, let no one glory in men, for all things are yours,
whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things about to be -- all are yours,
and ye [are] Christ's, and Christ [is] God's.
1 Corinthians 4
Let a man so reckon us as officers of Christ, and stewards of the secrets of God,
and as to the rest, it is required in the stewards that one may be found faithful,
and to me it is for a very little thing that by you I may be judged, or by man's day, but not even myself do I judge,
for of nothing to myself have I been conscious, but not in this have I been declared right -- and he who is discerning me is the Lord:
so, then, nothing before the time judge ye, till the Lord may come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of the darkness, and will manifest the counsels of the hearts, and then the praise shall come to each from God.
And these things, brethren, I did transfer to myself and to Apollos because of you, that in us ye may learn not to think above that which hath been written, that ye may not be puffed up one for one against the other,
for who doth make thee to differ? and what hast thou, that thou didst not receive? and if thou didst also receive, why dost thou glory as not having received?
Already ye are having been filled, already ye were rich, apart from us ye did reign, and I would also ye did reign, that we also with you may reign together,
for I think that God did set forth us the apostles last -- as appointed to death, because a spectacle we became to the world, and messengers, and men;
we [are] fools because of Christ, and ye wise in Christ; we [are] ailing, and ye strong; ye glorious, and we dishonoured;
unto the present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and wander about,
and labour, working with [our] own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer;
being spoken evil of, we entreat; as filth of the world we did become -- of all things an offscouring -- till now.
Not [as] putting you to shame do I write these things, but as my beloved children I do admonish,
for if a myriad of child-conductors ye may have in Christ, yet not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus, through the good news, I -- I did beget you;
I call upon you, therefore, become ye followers of me;
because of this I sent to you Timotheus, who is my child, beloved and faithful in the Lord, who shall remind you of my ways in Christ, according as everywhere in every assembly I teach.
And as if I were not coming unto you certain were puffed up;
but I will come quickly unto you, if the Lord may will, and I will know not the word of those puffed up, but the power;
for not in word is the reign of God, but in power?
what do ye wish? with a rod shall I come unto you, or in love, with a spirit also of meekness?