1 Corinthians 9:17

“For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if I doe this thing willingly, I haue a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed vnto me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if I do it gladly, I have a reward; and if not, I am under orders to do it.
- Basic English Bible

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with an administration.
- Darby Bible

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed to me.
- Webster's Bible

And if I preach willingly, I receive my wages; but if against my will, a stewardship has nevertheless been entrusted to me.
- Weymouth Bible

For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.
- World English Bible

But if Y do this thing wilfuli, Y haue mede; but if ayens my wille, dispending is bitakun to me.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if willing I do this, I have a reward; and if unwillingly -- with a stewardship I have been entrusted!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:17

9:17 Willingly - He seems to mean, without receiving anything. St. Paul here speaks in a manner peculiar to himself. Another might have preached willingly, and yet have received a maintenance from the Corinthians. But if he had received anything from them, he would have termed it preaching unwillingly. And so, in the next verse, another might have used that power without abusing it. But his own using it at all, he would have termed abusing it. A dispensation is intrusted to me - Therefore I dare not refrain.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:17

1Co 9:17 If I do this thing willingly. If he preached voluntarily, he might then claim an earthly reward. But if against my will. If Paul does this as a servant of Christ upon whom the service is laid; then he has a dispensation [of the gospel] committed to him. "A stewardship", as in the Revised Version. In that case he has the obligations of a steward. It is his duty to feed the Master's servants.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 9

  • Seven Trumpets
    The Lord APPEARED to him when he was still called "Saul," while he was on the way to Damascus, to arrest the Disciples there. The Lord also APPEARED at other times to "Paul" when he was suffering trials and tribulations and persecutions. The Lord has APPEARED at times, to some very blessed Saints throughout history; but most don't ever get told those things; and they don't know about them.
  • Brenda
    I don't understand how Paul could ask the question; "Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord?" I didn't read about Paul until Acts. By the time the book of Acts was written, Jesus had already been crucified. Paul was on the scene when Stephen was stoned to death in Acts 7:58.
  • Norman Harris
    We are all hear illegally.....the life must be surrendered after the order of melchizedek...wherein the life stolen from the creator is returned and once again we shall be one......all kept lives will be lost...it must be as if you never existed..or face judgement
  • John madden
    This is our job to run.no one can do it for us .but the preacher said im ok.dont do any thing just believe the preacher .is a lier.work out your salvation.not for..it...examine your self to see if your in the faith..walk in the light.as he is in the light.
  • Norm
    The gospel of God cometh only from God, our Father which art in heaven. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Father, the hour is come glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. The mercy of man is toward his neighbour but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again, as a shepherd his flock. Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, And 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: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
  • Norm
    All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

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