1 Corinthians 4:14
Parallel Verses
New International Version
I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.

New Living Translation
I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.

English Standard Version
I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

New American Standard Bible
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I'm not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my dear children.

International Standard Version
I'm not writing this to make you feel ashamed, but to warn you as my dear children.

NET Bible
I am not writing these things to shame you, but to correct you as my dear children.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I do not write these things to shame you, but I give admonition as to dear children.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm not writing this to make you feel ashamed but to instruct you as my dear children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I do not write these things to shame you, but to warn you, as to my beloved sons.

King James 2000 Bible
I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
I write not these things to confound you; but I admonish you as my dearest children.

Darby Bible Translation
Not [as] chiding do I write these things to you, but as my beloved children I admonish [you].

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

Webster's Bible Translation
I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

Weymouth New Testament
I am not writing all this to shame you, but I am offering you advice as my dearly-loved children.

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

Young's Literal Translation
Not as putting you to shame do I write these things, but as my beloved children I do admonish,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:14-21 In reproving for sin, we should distinguish between sinners and their sins. Reproofs that kindly and affectionately warn, are likely to reform. Though the apostle spoke with authority as a parent, he would rather beseech them in love. And as ministers are to set an example, others must follow them, as far as they follow Christ in faith and practice. Christians may mistake and differ in their views, but Christ and Christian truth are the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Whenever the gospel is effectual, it comes not in word only, but also in power, by the Holy Spirit, quickening dead sinners, delivering persons from the slavery of sin and Satan, renewing them both inwardly and outwardly, and comforting, strengthening, and establishing the saints, which cannot be done by the persuasive language of men, but by the power of God. And it is a happy temper, to have the spirit of love and meekness bear the rule, yet to maintain just authority.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 14-21. - The practical steps which he intends to take with reference to these party divisions. Verse 14. - To shame you. Such seems to be the meaning of the word, for it is so used in the LXX. (compare the use of the verb in 2 Thessalonians 3:14; Titus 2:8; and of the substantive in 1 Corinthians 6:5; 1 Corinthians 15:34). I warn; rather, I admonish. St. Paul here gives the reason why he cannot write angrily or bitterly, even though he has used strong expostulation and keen irony. It is because he regards himself as their spiritual father (comp. 2 Corinthians 6:13; 2 Corinthians 12:14, 15; 1 Thessalonians 2:11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I write not these things to shame you,.... Though they had a great deal of reason to be ashamed of the vain opinion they had of themselves, and that they suffered the faithful ministers of Christ to want the necessaries of life, when they abounded so much with the good things of it; and though the apostle's view in giving this narrative was to bring them under a sense of their faults, and to a conviction of them, and so to shame for them, in order to their future reformation and amendment; yet it was not merely to put them to the blush, but to admonish and instruct them, that he enlarged on these things:

but as my beloved sons I warn you; they being his children in a spiritual sense, for whom he had the strongest love and affection, as their spiritual Father; and as it was his place, and became him standing in such a relation to them, he warned, admonished, and put them in mind of their obligations and duty to him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. warn—rather, "admonish" as a father uses "admonition" to "beloved sons," not provoking them to wrath (Eph 6:4). The Corinthians might well be "ashamed" at the disparity of state between the father, Paul, and his spiritual children themselves.

1 Corinthians 4:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul Warns his Spiritual Children
14I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:17
For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.

1 Corinthians 6:5
I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?

1 Corinthians 15:34
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God--I say this to your shame.

2 Corinthians 6:13
As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts also.

2 Corinthians 12:14
Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

1 Thessalonians 2:11
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,

2 Thessalonians 3:14
Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.

Philemon 1:10
that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.

1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
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