1 Corinthians 4:3
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New International Version
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.

New Living Translation
As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don't even trust my own judgment on this point.

English Standard Version
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.

New American Standard Bible
But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.

King James Bible
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is of little importance to me that I should be evaluated by you or by any human court. In fact, I don't even evaluate myself.

International Standard Version
It is a very small thing to me that I should be examined by you or by any human court. In fact, I don't even evaluate myself.

NET Bible
So for me, it is a minor matter that I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But to me this is a slight matter that I am judged by you or by any man. I do not even judge myself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It means very little to me that you or any human court should cross-examine me. I don't even ask myself questions.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by man's judgment; I do not even judge my own self.

King James 2000 Bible
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not my own self.

American King James Version
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yes, I judge not my own self.

American Standard Version
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you, or by man's day; but neither do I judge my own self.

Darby Bible Translation
But for me it is the very smallest matter that I be examined of you or of man's day. Nor do I even examine myself.

English Revised Version
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

Webster's Bible Translation
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by man's judgment: yes, I judge not my own self.

Weymouth New Testament
I however am very little concerned at undergoing your scrutiny, or that of other men; in fact I do not even scrutinize myself.

World English Bible
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by man's judgment. Yes, I don't judge my own self.

Young's Literal Translation
and to me it is for a very little thing that by you I may be judged, or by man's day, but not even myself do I judge,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-6 Apostles were no more than servants of Christ, but they were not to be undervalued. They had a great trust, and for that reason, had an honourable office. Paul had a just concern for his own reputation, but he knew that he who chiefly aimed to please men, would not prove himself a faithful servant of Christ. It is a comfort that men are not to be our final judges. And it is not judging well of ourselves, or justifying ourselves, that will prove us safe and happy. Our own judgment is not to be depended upon as to our faithfulness, any more than our own works for our justification. There is a day coming, that will bring men's secret sins into open day, and discover the secrets of their hearts. Then every slandered believer will be justified, and every faithful servant approved and rewarded. The word of God is the best rule by which to judge as to men. Pride commonly is at the bottom of quarrels. Self-conceit contributes to produce undue esteem of our teachers, as well as of ourselves. We shall not be puffed up for one against another, if we remember that all are instruments, employed by God, and endowed by him with various talents.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - But. The Corinthians might have expected that the conclusion of St. Paul's remarks would be a recognition of their right to sit in judgment on his faithfulness; but it is, on the contrary, an expression of his complete indifference to their shallow and unfair estimate, and an appeal to the approval of his own conscience and to the judgment of the Lord. It is a very small thing; literally, it is for the least. That I should be judged of you; rather, that I should be examined by you (anakritho). Technically the word anakrisis means "an examination preliminary to trial." Or of man's judgment; literally, of man's day. The brief day of human life is bounded by too narrow an horizon for accurate judgments. Many of the greatest and best men have felt, like Lord Bacon, that they must leave to other generations the right estimate of their characters, views, and actions. St. Jerome reckons the expression "day" for "judgment" among the "Cilicisms" of St. Paul (Jeremiah, 'Ad Algas.,' 10), i.e. the expressions due to his early training in Cilicia. More probably (as Grotius thinks) there is a reference to the "day" fixed for earthly trials (diem dicere, equivalent to "to impeach"), and to the phrase "the day of judgment" - "the woeful day" of Jeremiah 17:16. The word "day" in all languages and idioms signifies "judgment" (Hammond). From dies, a day, comes the phrase "a diet." A "daysman" means an arbitrator. Yea, I judge not mine own self. Here, as in the previous clause and in 1 Corinthians 6:4, the verb is not krino, I judge, but anakrino, I examine. Thus the verse discourages all morbid self introspection. It also shows that St. Paul is not arrogantly proclaiming himself superior to the opinion of the Corinthians, but is pointing out the necessary inadequacy of all human judgments. The heart is too liable to self deceit (Jeremiah 17:9, 10) to enable it to pronounce a judgment with unerring accuracy. Hence neither a man's contemporaries nor the man himself can form any final estimate of him or of his fitting position, because their knowledge is too imperfect. History often reverses the decision of contemporaries.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But with me it is a very small thing,.... It stood for little or nothing, was of no account with him, what judgment and censures were passed on him by men with regard to his faithfulness in the ministry not even by the Corinthians themselves:

that I should be judged of you; not that the apostle declined, or despised the judgment of a church of Christ, rightly disposed, and met together in the fear of God, to try prove, and judge of his ministry, and his fidelity in it; but he made no account of theirs, and slighted it as being under bad influence, the influence of the false teachers, who had insinuated many things among them to the prejudice of the apostle's character; wherefore he set it at nought and rejected it, and rightly refused to submit to it, and, indeed, to any mere human judgment:

or of man's judgment: it is in the Greek text, "or of man's day": in distinction from the day of the Lord, or the day of judgment; and because that men have their stated days for judgment, and because of the clearness of evidence, according to which judgment should proceed. This is not a Cilicism, as Jerom thought, but an Hebraism; so the Septuagint render , in Jeremiah 17:16 , "man's day"; and very frequently in the Talmud (r) is the distinction of , "the judgments of God" and , "the judgments of men"; the former the apostle was willing to be subject to, but not to the latter; he appealed from men to God; he cared not what any man thought or said, or judged of him; he not only was indifferent to the judgment of the Corinthians concerning him, whether they did or did not praise him, but of any other person; and so the Syriac version renders it, , "or of any man": he adds,

yea I judge not mine own self; for though as a spiritual man he judged all things, and so himself, his conduct, state, and condition; examined his own heart and ways, and was able to form a judgment of what he was and did; yet he chose not to stand and fall by his own judgment; and since he would not abide by his own judgment, who best knew himself, much less would he be subject to theirs, or any human judgment, who must be greater strangers to him; and this he said, not as conscious to himself of any unfaithfulness in his ministerial work.

(r) T. Bab Bava Koma, fol. 22. 2. 29. 1. 47. 2. 55. 2. 56. 1. 91. 1. 98. 1. & Bava Metzia, fol. 82. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. it is a very small thing—literally, "it amounts to a very small matter"; not that I despise your judgment, but as compared with God's, it almost comes to nothing.

judged … of man's judgment—literally, "man's day," contrasted with the day (1Co 3:13) of the Lord (1Co 4:5; 1Th 5:4). "The day of man" is here put before us as a person [Wahl]. All days previous to the day of the Lord are man's days. Emesti translates the thrice recurring Greek for "judged … judge … judgeth" (1Co 4:4), thus: To me for my part (though capable of being found faithful) it is a very small matter that I should be approved of by man's judgment; yea, I do not even assume the right of judgment and approving myself—but He that has the right, and is able to judge on my case (the Dijudicator), is the Lord.

1 Corinthians 4:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Servants of Christ
2In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. 3But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. 4For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:2
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

1 Corinthians 4:4
My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
Treasury of Scripture

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yes, I judge not my own self.

it is.

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

judgment. Gr. day.

1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare …

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