“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
King James Version (KJV)
4:1 Let a man account us, as servants of Christ - The original word properly signifies such servants as laboured at the oar in rowing vessels; and, accordingly, intimates the pains which every faithful minister takes in his Lord's work. O God, where are these ministers to be found? Lord, thou knowest. And stewards of the mysteries of God - Dispenseth of the mysterious truths of the gospel.
1Co 4:1 The Apostles and the Church SUMMARY OF I CORINTHIANS 4: The Apostles Stewards of the Mysteries of God. Forming Judgments of Religious Teachers. The Apostles Made a Spectacle to the World. The Apostolic Trials. Counted by the World as Offscouring. Yet, Paul the Spiritual Father of the Corinthian Church. And His Example Should Be Imitated. Let a man so account of us. The apostles and evangelists. They are to be regarded as ministers of Christ, as servants, not as leaders (1Co 3:5). The Greek word "huperetes", rendered "ministers", means literally "under-rowers". The figure is that of a ship impelled by oars. The church is the ship; Christ commands; the rowers only obey orders. Since they have no right to give orders, no parties should be formed about them. Stewards. Again the figure is changed, but still the idea is that they were servants. The steward his charge of the house for his master. The church is the house; Christ is the Master; the apostolic stewards in charge, having the mysteries of God, the revealed knowledge, knowledge not their own but given them, must faithfully dispense it to the household.
Let a man so account of vs, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)
Let us be judged as servants of Christ, and as those who are responsible for the secret things of God.
- Basic English Bible
Let a man so account of us as servants of Christ, and stewards of [the] mysteries of God.
- Darby Bible
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
- Webster's Bible
As for us Apostles, let any one take this view of us--we are Christ's officers, and stewards of God's secret truths.
- Weymouth Bible
So let a man think of us as Christ's servants, and stewards of God's mysteries.
- World English Bible
So a man gesse vs, as mynystris of Crist, and dispenderis of the mynysteries of God.
- Wycliffe Bible
Let a man so reckon us as officers of Christ, and stewards of the secrets of God,
- Youngs Literal Bible