1 Corinthians 4:13
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New International Version
when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world--right up to this moment.

New Living Translation
We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world's garbage, like everybody's trash--right up to the present moment.

English Standard Version
when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

Berean Study Bible
when we are slandered, we answer gently. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.

Berean Literal Bible
being slandered, we entreat. We have become as the residue of the world, the refuse of all, until now.

New American Standard Bible
when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.

King James Bible
Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when we are slandered, we respond graciously. Even now, we are like the world's garbage, like the dirt everyone scrapes off their sandals.

International Standard Version
When slandered, we answer with kind words. Even now we have become the filth of the world, the scum of the universe.

NET Bible
when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world's dirt and scum, even now.

New Heart English Bible
Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, the dirt wiped off by all, even until now.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They accuse us and we beg them. We are as the scum of the world and the offscouring of every person until now.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When our reputations are attacked, we remain courteous. Right now we have become garbage in the eyes of the world and trash in the sight of all people.

New American Standard 1977
when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.

Jubilee Bible 2000
being blasphemed, we intreat; we are made as the filth of this world and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

King James 2000 Bible
Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the trash of all things unto this day.

American King James Version
Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things to this day.

American Standard Version
being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things, even until now.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We are blasphemed, and we entreat; we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now.

Darby Bible Translation
insulted, we entreat: we are become as [the] offscouring of the world, [the] refuse of all, until now.

English Revised Version
being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things, even until now.

Webster's Bible Translation
Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things to this day.

Weymouth New Testament
when slandered, we try to conciliate. We have come to be regarded as the mere dirt and filth of the world--the refuse of the universe, even to this hour.

World English Bible
Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, the dirt wiped off by all, even until now.

Young's Literal Translation
being spoken evil of, we entreat; as filth of the world we did become -- of all things an offscouring -- till now.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:7-13 We have no reason to be proud; all we have, or are, or do, that is good, is owing to the free and rich grace of God. A sinner snatched from destruction by sovereign grace alone, must be very absurd and inconsistent, if proud of the free gifts of God. St. Paul sets forth his own circumstances, ver. 9. Allusion is made to the cruel spectacles in the Roman games; where men were forced to cut one another to pieces, to divert the people; and where the victor did not escape with his life, though he should destroy his adversary, but was only kept for another combat, and must be killed at last. The thought that many eyes are upon believers, when struggling with difficulties or temptations, should encourage constancy and patience. We are weak, but ye are strong. All Christians are not alike exposed. Some suffer greater hardships than others. The apostle enters into particulars of their sufferings. And how glorious the charity and devotion that carried them through all these hardships! They suffered in their persons and characters as the worst and vilest of men; as the very dirt of the world, that was to be swept away: nay, as the offscouring of all things, the dross of all things. And every one who would be faithful in Christ Jesus, must be prepared for poverty and contempt. Whatever the disciples of Christ suffer from men, they must follow the example, and fulfil the will and precepts of their Lord. They must be content, with him and for him, to be despised and abused. It is much better to be rejected, despised, and ill used, as St. Paul was, than to have the good opinion and favour of the world. Though cast off by the world as vile, yet we may be precious to God, gathered up with his own hand, and placed upon his throne.
Study Bible
Fools for Christ
12We work hard with our own hands. When we are vilified, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer gently. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. 14I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.…
Cross References
Lamentations 3:45
You have made us mere offscouring and refuse In the midst of the peoples.

2 Corinthians 6:8
through glory and dishonor, slander and praise; viewed as imposters, yet genuine;

1 Peter 3:21
And this water symbolizes the baptism that now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
Treasury of Scripture

Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things to this day.

Lamentations 3:45 You have made us as the offscouring and refuse in the middle of the people.

Acts 22:22 And they gave him audience to this word, and then lifted up their …

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