For I know nothing by myself, yet am I not thereby justified: but he that judgeth me, is the [a]Lord.

[b]Therefore (A)judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will lighten things that are hid in darkness, and make the counsels of the hearts manifest: and then shall every man have [c]praise of God.

[d]Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied unto mine own self and Apollos, for your sakes, that ye might learn [e]by us, that no man presume above that which is written, that one swell not against another for any man’s cause.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 4:4 I permit myself to the Lord’s judgment.
  2. 1 Corinthians 4:5 A third reason proceeding of a conclusion as it were, out of the former reasons. It is God’s office, to esteem every man according to his value, because he knoweth the secrets of the heart, which men for the most part are ignorant of. Therefore this judgment pertaineth not to you.
  3. 1 Corinthians 4:5 One could not be praised above the rest, but the other should be blamed: and he mentioneth praise rather than dispraise, for that the beginning of this sore was this, that they gave more to some men than meet was.
  4. 1 Corinthians 4:6 Having rejected their judgment, he setteth forth himself again as a singular example of modesty, as one which concealing in this Epistle those factious teacher’s names, doubted not to put down his own name and Apollos’ in their place, and took upon him, as it were, their shame: so far was he from preferring himself to any.
  5. 1 Corinthians 4:6 By our example, which chose rather to take other men’s faults upon us, than to carpe any by name.

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