1 Corinthians 9

Paul’s Use of Liberty

Am 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? If 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.

My defense to those who examine me is this:
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?
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?
Or do only
Lit I and Barnabas
,
o Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?
Who 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?

I am not speaking these things s according to
Lit man
human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?
For 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? 10 Or 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? 12 If 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?
14 So also af the Lord directed those who proclaim the ag gospel to ah get their living from the gospel.

15 But 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. 16 For 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. 17 For if I do this voluntarily, I have a am reward; but if against my will, I have a an stewardship entrusted to me. 18 What 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.

19 For 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;
21 to 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. 22 To 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. 23 I 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. 25 Everyone 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. 26 Therefore I bl run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not bm beating the air; 27 but 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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