1 Corinthians 3:4

“For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For while one saieth, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollo, are ye not carnall?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For when one says, "I am of Paul, and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not {mere} men?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For when one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not men?
- American Standard Version (1901)

For when one says, I am of Paul; and another says, I am of Apollos; are you not talking like natural men?
- Basic English Bible

For when one says, *I* am of Paul, and another, *I* of Apollos, are ye not men?
- Darby Bible

For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
- Webster's Bible

For when some one says, "I belong to Paul," and another says, "I belong to Apollos," is not this the way men of the world speak?
- Weymouth Bible

For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," aren't you fleshly?
- World English Bible

For whanne summe seith, Y am of Poul, another, But Y am of Apollo, whethir ye ben not men? What therfor is Apollo, and what Poul?
- Wycliffe Bible

for when one may say, `I, indeed, am of Paul;' and another, `I -- of Apollos;' are ye not fleshly?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 3:4


3:4 I am of Apollos - St. Paul named himself and Apollos, to show that he would condemn any division among them, even though it were in favour of himself, or the dearest friend he had in the world. Are ye not carnal - For the Spirit of God allows no party zeal.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 3:4


1Co 3:4 While one saith, I am of Paul, etc. The fact that they are divided by following different human leaders, instead of all following Christ, demonstrated that they were yet carnal.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 3

  • Michael C.
    Sis. Kath, sorry, but Paul was not talking to baby Christians. If we read the whole context of the letter, they have had a significant amount of time, and been very blessed favor from God, with great Teachers. Also, if we look at the record written by Luke, in Acts, they should have been MUCH FARTHER ALONG, for the grace bestowed on them! The point is, that we must abide in Christ, or wither away.
  • Sis. Kath :)
    That verse is for baby Christians who just received Christ....This is a metaphor... At the moment, they could just understand the most basic preaching needed for their maturity... (milk) And then as they grow Spiritually, little by little, step by step, they could already fully understand and grasp deeper preaching from the Lord... (meat)
  • BSP
    Verse 19 shows that God views the wisdom of this world as foolishness. God is the wisest being of all and is the source of true wisdom.
  • Michael C.
    "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able, neither yet now are ye able." This is NOT what we are called in Christ to be; i.e. carnally minded, and never really able to eat the solid food of the deep things of God, so we can grow. A normal child looks up to grown-ups, and thinks about itself being grown up. So why would Christians want to stay toddlers in diapers?
  • Frank nii Ahene nunoo
    My thoughts are no matter the circumstances and difficulties in life our bodies should be kept pure unto God .
  • Patrick Makenye
    My body is the temple of Lord

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