I Corinthians 4:1-4
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 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. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
This paraphrase was published anonymously in Paul Henkel’s 1816 Church Hymn Book for the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Tennessee:
As faithful shepherds of the Lord
Must we accounted be,
Who minister and teach the word
With real sincerity.
No more the Lord himself requests
Than to be just and true,
And ever act as for the best
As far as we do know.
Though we are oft reproach’d & blam’d
When we do as we ought,
But O! the truth can ne’er be sham’d
Or to dishonor brought.
Our thoughts and actions all are known,
To him who judgeth right;
The Lord who knows whate’er is done
Brings all things to the light.
O let us then with patience wait!
And watch with humble pray’r,
Till God, whose ways are just and straight,
In righteousness appear.
One of the greatest Contemporary Christian Music songs ever written is loosely based on verse 2
So was one of the greatest Southern Gospel songs ever written:
As faithful shepherds of the Lord (I Corinthians 4:1-4) (1816)