1-corinthians 4:16


King James Version (KJV)

Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.

American King James Version (AKJV)

Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.

American Standard Version (ASV)

I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

So my desire is that you take me as your example.

Webster's Revision

Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

World English Bible

I beg you therefore, be imitators of me.

English Revised Version (ERV)

I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me.

Definitions for 1-corinthians 4:16

Beseech - To call upon; appeal; beg.
Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

Clarke's 1-corinthians 4:16 Bible Commentary

Wherefore, I beseech you, be ye followers of me - It should rather be translated, Be ye imitators of me; μιμηται, from which we have our word mimic, which, though now used only in a bad or ludicrous sense, simply signifies an imitator of another person, whether in speech, manner, habit, or otherwise. As children should imitate their parents in preference to all others, he calls on them to imitate him, as he claims them for his children. He lived for God and eternity, seeking not his own glory, emolument, or ease: those sowers of sedition among them were actuated by different motives. Here then the apostle compares himself with them: follow and imitate me, as I follow and imitate Christ: do not imitate them who, from their worldly pursuits, show themselves to be actuated with a worldly spirit.

Barnes's 1-corinthians 4:16 Bible Commentary

Wherefore - Since I am your spiritual father.

Be ye followers of me - Imitate me; copy my example; listen to my admonitions. Probably Paul had particularly in his eye their tendency to form parties; and here admonishes them that he had no disposition to form sects, and entreats them in this to imitate his example. A minister should always so live as that he can, without pride or ostentation, point to his own example; and entreat his people to imitate him. He should have such a confidence in his own integrity; he should lead such a blameless life; and "he should be assured that his people have so much evidence of his integrity," that he can point them to his own example, and entreat them to live like himself. And to do this, he should live a life of piety, and should furnish such evidence of a pure conversation, that his people may have reason to regard him as a holy man.

Wesley's 1-corinthians 4:16 Bible Commentary

4:16 Be ye followers of me - In that spirit and behaviour which I have so largely declared.

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