1 Corinthians 3:4
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New International Version
For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere human beings?

New Living Translation
When one of you says, "I am a follower of Paul," and another says, "I follow Apollos," aren't you acting just like people of the world?

English Standard Version
For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

Berean Study Bible
For when one of you says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?

Berean Literal Bible
For when one might say, "I indeed am of Paul," but another, "I of Apollos," are you not fleshly?

New American Standard Bible
For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not mere men?

King James Bible
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For whenever someone says, "I'm with Paul," and another, "I'm with Apollos," are you not unspiritual people?

International Standard Version
For when one person says, "I follow Paul," and another person says, "I follow to Apollos," you're following your own human nature, aren't you?

NET Bible
For whenever someone says, "I am with Paul," or "I am with Apollos," are you not merely human?

New Heart English Bible
For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not men?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For whenever each of you says, “I am of Paulus”, and another says, “I am of Apollo”, behold, are you not carnal?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When some of you say, "I follow Paul" and others say, "I follow Apollos," aren't you acting like [sinful] humans?

New American Standard 1977
For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For while one says, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal?

King James 2000 Bible
For while one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?

American King James Version
For while one said, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
For while one saith, I indeed am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollo; are you not men ? What then is Apollo, and what is Paul?

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

English Revised Version
For when one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not men?

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

Weymouth New Testament
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?

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

Young's Literal Translation
for when one may say, 'I, indeed, am of Paul;' and another, 'I -- of Apollos;' are ye not fleshly?
Study Bible
God's Fellow Workers
3for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and dissension among you, are you not worldly? Are you not walking in the way of man? 4For when one of you says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? 5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord has assigned to each his role.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:12
What I mean is this: Individuals among you are saying, "I follow Paul," "I follow Apollos," "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ."

1 Corinthians 3:3
for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and dissension among you, are you not worldly? Are you not walking in the way of man?

1 Corinthians 4:6
Brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written. Then you will not take pride in one man over another.

Galatians 1:11
For I certify to you, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not devised by man.
Treasury of Scripture

For while one said, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?

1 Corinthians 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you said, I am of Paul; and I of …

1 Corinthians 4:6 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself …

(4) One saith, I am of Paul.--These and the following words explain exactly what the Apostle means by their being "carnal," and walking after a merely human manner. Only two of the factions--those of Paul and of Apollos--are mentioned as types of the rest. The factious spirit was in each and all the "parties" the same, but the particular difference between the teaching of the higher wisdom and the simpler truths of the gospel was best illustrated by these two.

The selection for rebuke of those who called them selves by the Apostle's own name was, no doubt, intended by him to show that it was no matter of personal jealousy on his part. He specially condemns those who magnified his name. It is for his Master alone that he is jealous.

Are ye not carnal?--Better, are ye not only men? carrying on the idea expressed in 1Corinthians 3:3.

Verse 4. - For when one saith, I am of Paul. This is a proof that there were jealousies and partisanships among them. We again notice the generous courage of St. Paul in rebuking first those adherents who turned his own name into a party watchword. Are ye not carnal? The true reading is, "Are ye not men?" (א, A, B, C, and so the Revised Version); i.e. Are ye not swayed by mere human passions? The Spirit which you received at baptism ought to have lifted you above these mean rivalries. You ought to be something more than mere men. Religious partisanship is, in the eye of St. Paul, simply irreligious. He sets down party controversies as a distinct proof of carnality. Those who indulge in it are men devoid of the spiritual element. For while one saith, I am of Paul,.... This shows what their envying and strife, and divisions were about, and from whence they sprung; and which serve, to strengthen the proof, and support the charge of carnality brought against them; for when one sort made a party for Paul, and set up him as their minister above all others; and said

another, I am of Apollos, preferring him for his eloquence above Paul, or any other preacher, as appears from 1 Corinthians 1:12 there was a third sort for Cephas, whom they cried up as superior to the other two, or any other man; and a fourth were for Christ, and despised all ministers whatever:

are ye not carnal? all this was a demonstration of it: they could never clear themselves from it, they must be convicted in their own consciences of it; to which the apostle appeals: the Alexandrian copy and the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read, "are ye not men?" 4. (1Co 1:12).

are ye not carnal—The oldest manuscripts read, "Are ye not men?" that is, "walking as men" unregenerate (1Co 3:3).3:1-4 The most simple truths of the gospel, as to man's sinfulness and God's mercy, repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, stated in the plainest language, suit the people better than deeper mysteries. Men may have much doctrinal knowledge, yet be mere beginners in the life of faith and experience. Contentions and quarrels about religion are sad evidences of carnality. True religion makes men peaceable, not contentious. But it is to be lamented, that many who should walk as Christians, live and act too much like other men. Many professors, and preachers also, show themselves to be yet carnal, by vain-glorious strife, eagerness for dispute, and readiness to despise and speak evil of others.
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