1 Corinthians 4:8
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New International Version
Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign--and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you!

New Living Translation
You think you already have everything you need. You think you are already rich. You have begun to reign in God's kingdom without us! I wish you really were reigning already, for then we would be reigning with you.

English Standard Version
Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you!

New American Standard Bible
You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.

King James Bible
Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are already full! You are already rich! You have begun to reign as kings without us--and I wish you did reign, so that we could also reign with you!

International Standard Version
You already have all you want! You have already become rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you really were kings so that we could be kings with you!

NET Bible
Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now you have become full of yourselves and you are made rich and you have reigned without us. But oh, that you had reigned also, that we might reign with you!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You already have what you want! You've already become rich! You've become kings without us! I wish you really were kings so that we could be kings with you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye reign as kings without us, and I wish ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

King James 2000 Bible
Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God you did reign, that we also might reign with you.

American King James Version
Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God you did reign, that we also might reign with you.

American Standard Version
Already are ye filled, already ye are become rich, ye have come to reign without us: yea and I would that ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You are now full; you are now become rich; you reign without us; and I would to God you did reign, that we also might reign with you.

Darby Bible Translation
Already ye are filled; already ye have been enriched; ye have reigned without us; and I would that ye reigned, that *we* also might reign with you.

English Revised Version
Already are ye filled, already ye are become rich, ye have reigned without us: yea and I would that ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I wish ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

Weymouth New Testament
Every one of you already has all that heart can desire; already you have grown rich; without waiting for us, you have ascended your thrones! Yes indeed, would to God that you had ascended your thrones, that we also might reign with you!

World English Bible
You are already filled. You have already become rich. You have come to reign without us. Yes, and I wish that you did reign, that we also might reign with you.

Young's Literal Translation
Already ye are having been filled, already ye were rich, apart from us ye did reign, and I would also ye did reign, that we also with you may reign together,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Now ye are full, now ye are rich; rather, already ye have been sated, already ye grew rich. There is a strong but healing irony in these expressions, and in the entire contrast between the comfortable, full fed, regal self satisfaction of the Corinthians, and the depression and scorn in the midst of which the apostles lived. The loving delicate irony is, in a different way, as effective as the stern denunciation of St. John: "Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Revelation 3:17). St. Paul's satire is always akin to charity; it is never satire with no pity in it. Ye have reigned as kings. The word simply means "ye reigned." Like the Stoics, so each little Corinthian sectarian regarded himself as a king. "To reign" was, however, a proverbial phrase (like the Latin vivo et regno) for being "happy as a king." Without us (comp. Hebrews 11:40). The Corinthians were cultivated enough to appreciate the deep irony of the phrase, "We poor apostles have become quite needless to you in your lordly independence." And I would to God ye did reign. The words "to God" should be omitted. The loving heart of St. Paul could never long keep up a strain of irony. He drops the satire, and passes on to impassioned and affectionate appeal. That we also might reign with you. If the exalted eminence which you now only enjoy in your own conceits had been but real, then we, whose "hope, and joy, and crown of exultation you are in the presence of Christ" (1 Thessalonians 2:19), should share the grandeur with you.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now ye are full,.... That is, in their own opinion: these words, and some following expressions, are an ironical concession. They were not full of God, and divine things; nor of Christ, and of grace out of his fulness; nor of the Holy Ghost, and of faith, as Stephen and Barnabas are said to be; nor of joy and peace in believing; nor of goodness and spiritual knowledge; but they were full of themselves, and were pulled up in their fleshly minds with an opinion of their abilities, learning, oratory, and eloquence, of their ministers, and of their own great improvements in knowledge under their ministrations. They fancied they had got to a perfection in knowledge and were brimful of it; and as the full stomach, from which the metaphor is taken, loathes the honeycomb, so these persons loathed the apostle's ministry, and the pure preaching of the Gospel; imagining that they had attained to something above it, and stood in no need of it; when, alas! they were but babes, children in understanding, and needed milk instead of strong meat; so far were they from being what they thought themselves to be.

Now ye are rich; not in faith; nor in good works; nor in spiritual gifts and knowledge, though some among them were; but that is not here intended: the meaning is, they were rich, and abounded in knowledge in their own account. Like the Laodiceans, they conceited themselves to be rich, and increased with goods, when they were poor, and wretched, and miserable.

Ye have reigned as kings without us. The saints, in the best sense, are kings, made so by Christ; and have not only the name, and the ensigns of royalty, as crowns and thrones prepared for them, but kingdoms also: they have a kingdom of grace, which they enjoy now, and shall never be removed; in which they reign as kings under the influence of the Spirit of God, over the corruptions of their own hearts, which are laid under the restraints of mighty grace; and over the world, which they have under the feet; and over Satan, who is dethroned and cast out of them; and they shall inherit the kingdom of glory hereafter; but nothing of this kind is here intended. The sense of the words is, that these persons imagined that they had arrived to such a pitch of knowledge, as to be independent of the apostles; needed no instructions and directions from them, and were in great tranquillity and ease of mind, and attended with outward prosperity, so that they lived, as kings, the most happy life that could be desired; upon which the apostle expresses his hearty wish for them:

and I would to God ye did reign; not in carnal security, and in affluence of worldly enjoyments, which the apostle was not desirous of for himself, and other his fellow ministers; nor in a spiritual sense, merely as believers in common, and as he then did; but with Christ in his kingdom state here on earth:

that we also might reign with you; for all the saints will be together when Christ takes to himself his great power, and reigns; they will all reign with him on earth a thousand years; this is a faithful saying, nothing more true, or to be depended on, that those that suffer with him shall also reign with him; and not a part of his people only, but the whole body: hence the apostle wishes, that this reigning time for the church of Christ was come, then he and the rest of the apostles would reign also: but, alas! it was a plain case, from the condition they were in, of which the following words give a narrative, that this time was not yet.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Irony. Translate, "Already ye are filled full (with spiritual food), already ye are rich, ye have seated yourselves upon your throne as kings, without us." The emphasis is on "already" and "without us"; ye act as if ye needed no more to "hunger and thirst after righteousness," and as if already ye had reached the "kingdom" for which Christians have to strive and suffer. Ye are so puffed up with your favorite teachers, and your own fancied spiritual attainments in knowledge through them, that ye feel like those "filled full" at a feast, or as a "rich" man priding himself in his riches: so ye feel ye can now do "without us," your first spiritual fathers (1Co 4:15). They forgot that before the "kingdom" and the "fulness of joy," at the marriage feast of the Lamb, must come the cross, and suffering, to every true believer (2Ti 2:5, 11, 12). They were like the self-complacent Laodiceans (Re 3:17; compare Ho 12:8). Temporal fulness and riches doubtless tended in some cases at Corinth, to generate this spiritual self-sufficiency; the contrast to the apostle's literal "hunger and thirst" (1Co 4:11) proves this.

I would … ye did reign—Translate, "I would indeed," &c. I would truly it were so, and that your kingdom had really begun.

that we also might reign with you—(2Co 12:14). "I seek not yours, but you." Your spiritual prosperity would redound to that of us, your fathers in Christ (1Co 9:23). When you reach the kingdom, you shall be our "crown of rejoicing, in the presence of our Lord Jesus" (1Th 2:19).

1 Corinthians 4:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Be Proud
7For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? 8You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. 9For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:1
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,

Revelation 3:17
You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Treasury of Scripture

Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God you did reign, that we also might reign with you.

ye are full.

1 Corinthians 1:5 That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and …

1 Corinthians 3:1,2 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to …

1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens …

Proverbs 13:7 There is that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is that …

Proverbs 25:14 Whoever boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Luke 1:51-53 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in …

Luke 6:25 Woe to you that are full! for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh …

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he …

Revelation 3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

without.

1 Corinthians 4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

Acts 20:29,30 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter …

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

and I.

Numbers 11:29 And Moses said to him, Envy you for my sake? would God that all the …

Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that …

2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed …

ye did.

Psalm 122:5-9 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David…

Jeremiah 28:6 Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD perform …

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also …

1 Thessalonians 2:19,20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even …

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings …

2 Timothy 2:11,12 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also …

Revelation 5:10 And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

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