1 Corinthians 9

Paul’s Use of Liberty

1Am I not a  free? Am I not an b  apostle? Have I not c  seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not d  my work in the Lord? 2If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the e  seal of my f  apostleship in the Lord.

3My defense to those who examine me is this: 4
Lit It is not that we have no right to eat and drink, is it?
,
h  Do we not have a right to eat and drink?
5
Lit It is not that we have no right to take along...Cephas, is it?
,
j  Do we not have a right to take along a
Lit sister, as wife
believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the l  brothers of the Lord and m  Cephas?
6Or do only
Lit I and Barnabas
,
o  Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?
7Who at any time serves p  as a soldier at his own expense? Who q  plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not
Lit eat of
use the milk of the flock?

8I am not speaking these things s  according to
Lit man
human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?
9For it is written in the Law of Moses u  You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.” God is not concerned about v  oxen, is He? 10Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes w  for our sake it was written, because x  the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops. 11 y  If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we z  did not use this right, but we endure all things aa  so that we will cause no hindrance to the ab  gospel of Christ. 13 ac  Do you not know that those who ad  perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share
Lit with
from the altar?
14So also af  the Lord directed those who proclaim the ag  gospel to ah  get their living from the gospel.

15But I have ai  used none of these things. And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to die than have any man make aj  my boast an empty one. 16For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for ak  I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach al  the gospel. 17For if I do this voluntarily, I have a am  reward; but if against my will, I have a an  stewardship entrusted to me. 18What then is my ao  reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel ap  without charge, so as aq  not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

19For though I am ar  free from all men, I have made myself as  a slave to all, so that I may at  win more. 20 au  To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under
Or law
the Law, as under
Or law
the Law though ax  not being myself under
Or law
the Law, so that I might win those who are under
Or law
the Law;
21to those who are ba  without law bb  as without law, though not being without the law of God but bc  under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22To the bd  weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become be  all things to all men, bf  so that I may by all means save some. 23I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.

24 bg  Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives bh  the prize? bi  Run in such a way that you may win. 25Everyone who bj  competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable bk  wreath, but we an imperishable. 26Therefore I bl  run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not bm  beating the air; 27but I
Lit bruise
discipline bo  my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
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