1 Corinthians 9

Am I not a free man? Or, am I not a legate? Or, have I not seen Jesus Messiah our Lord? Or, have ye not been my work in my Lord? And if I have not been a legate to others, yet I have been so to you; and ye are the seal of my legateship. And my apology to my judgers, is this: Have we not authority, to eat and to drink? Or have we not authority to carry about with us a sister as a wife; just as the other legates, and the brothers of our Lord, and as Cephas? Or I only, and Barnabas, have we no right to forbear labor? Who, that serveth in war, doth so at his own expense? Or who, that planteth a vineyard, eateth not of its fruits? Or who, that tendeth sheep, eateth not of the milk of his flocks? Is it as a man, I say these things? Behold, the law also saith them. For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that thresheth. Hath God regard for oxen? 10 But manifest it is, for whose sake he said it. And indeed, for our sakes it was written: because the plougher ought to plough in hope, and the thresher in hope of fruit. 11 If we have sowed among you the things of the Spirit, is it a great matter, if we reap from you the things of the body? 12 And if others have this prerogative over you, doth it not belong still more to us? Yet we have not used this prerogative; but we have endured every thing, that we might in nothing impede the announcement of the Messiah. 13 Know ye not, that they who serve in a temple, are fed from the temple? And they who serve at the altar, participate with the altar? 14 Thus also hath our Lord commanded, that they who proclaim his gospel, should live by his gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: and I write not, that it may be so done to me; for it would be better for me to actually die, than that any one should make void my glorying. 16 For while I preach, I have no ground of glorying; because necessity is laid upon me, and woe to me, if I preach not. 17 For if I do this voluntarily, there is a reward for me: but if involuntarily, a stewardship is intrusted to me. 18 What then is my reward? It is, that when I preach, I make the announcement of the Messiah without cost, and use not the prerogative given me in the gospel. 19 Being free from them all, I have made myself servant to every man; that I might gain many: 20 and with the Jews, I was as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; and with those under the law, I was as under the law, that I might gain them who are under the law; 21 and to those who have not the law, I was as without the law, (although I am not without law to God, but under the law of the Messiah,) that I might gain them that are without the law. 22 I was with the weak, as weak, that I might gain the weak: I was all things to all men, that I might vivify every one. 23 And this I do, that I may participate in the announcement. 24 Know ye not that they who run in the stadium, run all of them; yet it is one who gaineth the victory. Run ye, so as to attain. 25 For every one who engageth in the contest, restraineth his desires in every thing. And they run, to obtain a crown that perisheth; but we, one that perisheth not. 26 I therefore so run, not as for something unknown; and I so struggle, not as struggling against air; 27 but I subdue my body, and reduce it to servitude; lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a reprobate.
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