1 Corinthians 3:4
Parallel Verses
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?

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?

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?

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?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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?"

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

1 Corinthians 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and Apollos God's Fellow Workers
3for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not mere men? 5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:12
What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ."

1 Corinthians 3:3
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

1 Corinthians 4:6
Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written." Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

Galatians 1:11
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.
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 …

Jump to Previous
Apollos Apol'los Belong Carnal Fleshly Follow Indeed Mere Merely Natural Paul Speak Talking Way World
Jump to Next
Apollos Apol'los Belong Carnal Fleshly Follow Indeed Mere Merely Natural Paul Speak Talking Way World
Links
1 Corinthians 3:4 NIV
1 Corinthians 3:4 NLT
1 Corinthians 3:4 ESV
1 Corinthians 3:4 NASB
1 Corinthians 3:4 KJV

1 Corinthians 3:4 Bible Apps
1 Corinthians 3:4 Bible Suite
1 Corinthians 3:4 Biblia Paralela
1 Corinthians 3:4 Chinese Bible
1 Corinthians 3:4 French Bible
1 Corinthians 3:4 German Bible

Alphabetical: am and another Apollos are follow For I men mere not of one Paul says when you

NT Letters: 1 Corinthians 3:4 For when one says I follow Paul (1 Cor. 1C iC 1Cor i cor icor) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
1 Corinthians 3:3
Top of Page
Top of Page