We should not pridefully despise the spiritual leaders whom God has placed over us.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 4:6-17

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 4:6-17

1 Corinthians 4:6–17 (Listen)

I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers,1 that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless2 guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That is why I sent3 you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ,4 as I teach them everywhere in every church.

Footnotes

[1] 4:6 Or brothers and sisters

[2] 4:15 Greek you have ten thousand

[3] 4:17 Or am sending

[4] 4:17 Some manuscripts add Jesus

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:39 and ends at about 2:39

6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

     7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. 11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; 12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 13 Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

     14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

     17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 491 (LSB 681):
Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit

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1. Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit 
On Thy servant now, we pray; 
Let him prove a faithful shepherd 
To Thy little lambs alway. 
Thy pure teaching to proclaim, 
To extol Thy holy name, 
And to feed Thy lambs, dear Savior, 
Make his aim and sole endeavor. 

2. Thou, O Lord, Thyself hast called him 
For Thy precious lambs to care; 
But to prosper in his calling, 
He the Spirit’s gifts must share. 
Grant him wisdom from above, 
Fill his heart with holy love; 
In all weakness be Thou near him, 
In his prayers, Good Shepherd, hear him. 

3. Help, Lord Jesus, help him nourish 
Our dear children with Thy Word 
That in constant love they serve Thee 
Till in heav’n their song is heard. 
Boundless blessings, Lord, bestow 
On his faithful toil below 
Till by grace to him is given 
His reward, the crown of heaven. 


It is wise to train your children in the ways of the Lord. They won’t follow His paths naturally because none of us do.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 22:6-16

ESV Text: Proverbs 22:6-16

Proverbs 22:6–16 (Listen)


  Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.
  The rich rules over the poor,
    and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
  Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
    and the rod of his fury will fail.
  Whoever has a bountiful1 eye will be blessed,
    for he shares his bread with the poor.
10   Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,
    and quarreling and abuse will cease.
11   He who loves purity of heart,
    and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
12   The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
    but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
13   The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
    I shall be killed in the streets!”
14   The mouth of forbidden2 women is a deep pit;
    he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.
15   Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
    but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
16   Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,
    or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Footnotes

[1] 22:9 Hebrew good

[2] 22:14 Hebrew strange

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:30 and ends at about 1:49

     6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

     7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

     8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

     9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

     10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

     11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

     12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

     13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

     14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.

     15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

     16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 629 :
Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds

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1. Let children hear the mighty deeds 
Which God performed of old, 
Which in our younger days we saw, 
And which our fathers told. 

2. So make to them his glories known, 
His works of power and grace; 
And we’ll convey his wonders down 
Through every rising race. 

3. Our lips shall tell them to our sons, 
And they again to theirs 
That generations yet unborn 
May teach them to their heirs. 

4. Oh, teach them with all diligence 
The truths of god’s own Word, 
To place in him their confidence, 
To fear and trust their Lord. 

5. To learn that in our god alone 
Their hope securely stands, 
That they may never doubt his love 
But walk in his commands. 


Hymn: WS 747 :
Earth and All Stars

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