1 Corinthians 4:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 4:8, NIV: 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!

1 Corinthians 4:8, ESV: 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!

1 Corinthians 4:8, KJV: 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.

1 Corinthians 4:8, NASB: 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!

1 Corinthians 4:8, NLT: 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.

1 Corinthians 4:8, CSB: 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!

What does 1 Corinthians 4:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Paul asked a series of pointed questions to show how foolish it was for the Corinthian Christians to be so proud and arrogant in their judgments of other people. Now he uses a series of emphatic remarks. Justifiably, many translations place exclamation points at the end of each of these sentences. Paul uses pointed words, even sarcasm.

His intent is to show that the Corinthians felt they did not need anything from anyone, including those serving as ministers. They had come to a wrong conclusion about life in Christ on this earth, thinking that it could be an easy road full of pleasure, possessions, and power.

Paul says that the Corinthians Christians are so self-reliant that they are acting as wealthy people who already have all they want instead of as people who have much to gain from Christ. They are living as if they are kings, passing judgment on others and doing as they please when they please. They are not living as people under authority and in submission to God's will.

Paul's last statement in this verse is cutting and satirical: "That reality sounds good to me! I wish it were true so I could live that way, too!" He will show in the following verses that his lifestyle is quite different from theirs.

Some Bible teachers believe the Corinthians began to misunderstand Christian teachings, thinking they should be experiencing the pleasure and authority of heaven on this side of eternity. Others believe Paul means they are simply acting as if they don't need and are not accountable to Christ. Either way, their "puffed up" attitudes (1 Corinthians 4:6) show they have a flawed view of their own place in the kingdom of God.