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

  • Lu2677
    Brianna, I like your questioning about the hirelings that we see preaching. Most out there today are in it for profit, preachers, teacher, authors, singers, schools. Even under the law of God that tells them when to step down they don't.
  • Brianna
    Vs 18 sticks out to me. Primarily that the Bible constantly talks about the word of God being free, and without charge. Jesus said let it be given free, and here even Paul confirms that life's waters should be given free. This makes me question those who have taken on the role as a pastor/ priest for profit.
  • Reshma Armogan
    We should make it our duty to work for the lord and take no praise for it. We should reach people where they are and not wait for them to come to us. We should run the race to receive eternal life.
  • Cephas nkoma
    Jehovah my salvation, savoir
  • Faustino Rocha for verse 27
    It 's all there. Even though one is called, you can lose yourreward, eternal life, through lack of discipline. The Bible even speaks of giving such people over to the devil so that, while thier body would be lost, their soul would be preserved. You can 't live is you want, and make it into heaven. Holiness, without which NO MAN shall see God
  • Carla Goshtom for verse 14
    Practice what we preach... The power of the gospel transform lives out of darkness into His marvelous light. As preachers of the gospel we should be the living examples of that transforming power.

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