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.

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.

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.

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;
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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

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).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

1 Corinthians 4:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul Warns his Spiritual 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. 16Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. 17For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

Philippians 3:17
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.

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

1 Thessalonians 1:6
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

2 Thessalonians 3:9
We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model 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.

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