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1 Corinthians 4:14

    1 Corinthians 4:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I am not saying these things to put you to shame, but so that, as my dear children, you may see what is right.

    Webster's Revision

    I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

    World English Bible

    I don't write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 4:14

    I write not these things to shame you - It is not by way of finding fault with you for not providing me with the necessaries of life that I write thus; but I do it to warn you to act differently for the time to come; and be not so ready to be drawn aside by every pretender to apostleship, to the neglect of those to whom, under God, you owe your salvation.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 4:14

    To shame you - It is not my design to put you to shame by showing you how little you suffer in comparison with us. This is not our design, though it may have this effect. I have no wish to make you ashamed, to appear to triumph over you or merely to taunt you. My design is higher and nobler than this.

    But as my beloved sons - As my dear children. I speak as a father to his children, and I say these things for your good. No father would desire to make his children ashamed. In his counsels, entreaties, and admonitions, he would have a higher object than that.

    I warn you - I do not say these things in a harsh manner, with a severe spirit of rebuke; but in order to admonish you, to suggest counsel, to instil wisdom into the mind. I say these things not to make, you blush, but with the hope that they may be the means of your reformation, and of a more holy life. No man, no minister, ought to reprove another merely to overwhelm him with shame, but the object should always be to make a brother better; and the admonition should be so administered as to have this end, not sourly or morosely, but in a kind, tender, and affectionate manner.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 4:14

    4:14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you - It is with admirable prudence and sweetness the apostle adds this, to prevent any unkind construction of his words.