1 Cor. 4:1 KJV (With Strong’s)

logizomai (Greek #3049)
to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: conclude, (ac-)count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).
Pronounce: log-id'-zom-ahee
Origin: middle voice from 3056
a man
anthropos (Greek #444)
man-faced, i.e. a human being
KJV usage: certain, man.
Pronounce: anth'-ro-pos
Origin: from 435 and ὤψ (the countenance; from 3700)
houto (Greek #3779)
in this way (referring to what precedes or follows)
KJV usage: after that, after (in) this manner, as, even (so), for all that, like(-wise), no more, on this fashion(-wise), so (in like manner), thus, what.
Pronounce: hoo'-to
Origin: οὕτως (hoo'-toce) adverb from 3778
logizomai (Greek #3049)
to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: conclude, (ac-)count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).
Pronounce: log-id'-zom-ahee
Origin: middle voice from 3056
of us
hemas (Greek #2248)
KJV usage: our, us, we.
Pronounce: hay-mas'
Origin: accusative case plural of 1473
, as
hos (Greek #5613)
which how, i.e. in that manner (very variously used, as follows)
KJV usage: about, after (that), (according) as (it had been, it were), as soon (as), even as (like), for, how (greatly), like (as, unto), since, so (that), that, to wit, unto, when(-soever), while, X with all speed.
Pronounce: hoce
Origin: probably adverb of comparative from 3739
of the ministers
huperetes (Greek #5257)
an under-oarsman, i.e. (generally) subordinate (assistant, sexton, constable)
KJV usage: minister, officer, servant.
Pronounce: hoop-ay-ret'-ace
Origin: from 5259 and a derivative of ἐρέσσω (to row)
i of Christ
Christos (Greek #5547)
anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus
KJV usage: Christ.
Pronounce: khris-tos'
Origin: from 5548
, and
kai (Greek #2532)
and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words
KJV usage: and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.
Pronounce: kahee
Origin: apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force
oikonomos (Greek #3623)
a house-distributor (i.e. manager), or overseer, i.e. an employee in that capacity; by extension, a fiscal agent (treasurer); figuratively, a preacher (of the Gospel)
KJV usage: chamberlain, governor, steward.
Pronounce: oy-kon-om'-os
Origin: from 3624 and the base of 3551
of the mysteries
musterion (Greek #3466)
a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites)
KJV usage: mystery.
Pronounce: moos-tay'-ree-on
Origin: from a derivative of μύω (to shut the mouth)
of God
theos (Greek #2316)
a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very
KJV usage: X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).
Pronounce: theh'-os
Origin: of uncertain affinity

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Ministry on This Verse

1-6:  In what account the ministers ought to be had.
7-8:  We have nothing which we have not received.
9-12:  The apostles spectacles to the world, angels, and men;
13-14:  the filth and offscouring of the world;
15:  yet our fathers in Christ;
16-21:  whom we ought to follow.
the ministers.
1 Cor. 3:5• 5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? (1 Cor. 3:5)
1 Cor. 9:16‑18• 16For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
(1 Cor. 9:16‑18)
Matt. 24:45• 45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? (Matt. 24:45)
2 Cor. 4:5• 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. (2 Cor. 4:5)
2 Cor. 6:4• 4But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, (2 Cor. 6:4)
2 Cor. 11:23• 23Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. (2 Cor. 11:23)
Col. 1:25• 25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; (Col. 1:25)
1 Tim. 3:6• 6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (1 Tim. 3:6)
and stewards.
1 Cor. 2:7• 7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (1 Cor. 2:7)
Matt. 13:11• 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (Matt. 13:11)
Mark 4:11• 11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: (Mark 4:11)
Luke 8:10• 10And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. (Luke 8:10)
Rom. 16:25• 25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, (Rom. 16:25)
Eph. 1:9• 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: (Eph. 1:9)
Eph. 3:3‑9• 3How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
(Eph. 3:3‑9)
Eph. 6:19• 19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (Eph. 6:19)
Col. 1:26‑27• 26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
(Col. 1:26‑27)
Col. 2:2• 2That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; (Col. 2:2)
Col. 4:3• 3Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: (Col. 4:3)
1 Tim. 3:9,16• 9Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
(1 Tim. 3:9,16)
 Thus they were also ὑπήρεται (official servants) and stewards of God's mysteries. This was their duty to the household of God—to furnish meat in due season, specially that truth which is most distinctively characteristic of the New Testament. (Notes on 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

Let a man so account of us as servantsi of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

JND Translation Notes

The appointed servant. Three words are translated "servant". doulos, a slave, bondman; diakonos, a person who acts or waits in service; and huperetes, as here, which is always used in the New Testament for an official servant, or apparitor. see Luke 1.2; Acts 26.16. For latreuo, serve, see Matt. 4.10.

W. Kelly Translation

So let a man account of us, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries1.

WK Translation Notes

^ God’s: Only F inserts τοῦ before θεοῦ. (Notes on 1 Cor, p.70)