1 Corinthians 4:16
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New International Version
Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

New Living Translation
So I urge you to imitate me.

English Standard Version
I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore I exhort you, become imitators of me.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.

King James Bible
Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

International Standard Version
So I urge you to imitate me.

NET Bible
I encourage you, then, be imitators of me.

New Heart English Bible
I beg you therefore, be imitators of me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, I beg of you that you would imitate me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I encourage you to imitate me.

New American Standard 1977
I exhort you therefore, be imitators of me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, I beseech you that ye imitate me.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore I beseech you, be followers of me.

American King James Version
Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.

American Standard Version
I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
I entreat you therefore, be my imitators.

English Revised Version
I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

Weymouth New Testament
I entreat you therefore to become like me.

World English Bible
I beg you therefore, be imitators of me.

Young's Literal Translation
I call upon you, therefore, become ye followers of me;
Study Bible
Paul's Warns his Children
15Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 17That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 11:1
You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

Philippians 3:17
Join one another in following my example, brothers, and carefully observe those who live according to the pattern we set for you.

Philippians 4:9
Whatever you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

1 Thessalonians 1:6
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord when you welcomed the message with the joy of the Holy Spirit, in spite of your great suffering.

2 Thessalonians 3:9
Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.
Treasury of Scripture

Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

John 10:4,5 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the …

Philippians 3:17 Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so …

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

2 Thessalonians 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample …

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you …

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

(16) Wherefore.--Because I stand in this relation I call you to preserve, as it were, in a moral sense, that family likeness which would naturally accompany such a relationship (Galatians 4:12; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 3:17).

Verse 16. - Be ye followers; rather, imitators. He makes the same appeal in 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17. Of course, he only uses his human example as a guide to them in the special virtues of humility, self denial, and faithfulness (1 Peter 5:3; Hebrews 13:7). In the highest sense we can only be "imitators of God" (Ephesians 5:1). Wherefore, I beseech you,.... Though he might have used the power and authority of a father, yet he chose rather to entreat and beseech them; saying,

be ye followers of me; for who should children follow, but their parents? The Vulgate Latin, adds, "as I am of Christ"; so Chrysostom in his time read it; and Beza says he found it so written in one Greek exemplar; and so it is in one of Stephens's; it seems to have crept in from 1 Corinthians 11:1. However, though it might not be now expressed by the apostle, it is to be supposed; for he never desired any to follow him any more, or further than he followed Christ; particularly he was desirous that these his spiritual children would follow him, and abide by him in the doctrine of a crucified Christ, he had preached among them, and not the false apostles, who had represented his ministry as weak and foolish; and in his life and conversation, especially in his humble carriage and deportment among them, and in his tender love and affection for them; observing their growing pride, haughtiness, and vain opinion of themselves, and those unnatural divisions and animosities which were fomented among them; and also in bearing reproach and persecution cheerfully and patiently, for the Gospel of Christ; a detail of which he had given them in some preceding verses. 16. be ye followers of me—literally, "imitators," namely, in my ways, which be in Christ (1Co 4:17; 1Co 11:1), not in my crosses (1Co 4:8-13; Ac 26:29; Ga 4:12).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.
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