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

  • John thornton
    For Paul said am i not an apostle can I get a deeper understanding
  • Bill
    He went to the third heaven...was given direct revelation of the gospel of grace by Christ
  • Irene123
    To Brenda - On the road to Damascus the BRIGHT light was Jesus; as He said, "I am the light of the world." He showed Himself like this also in John's vision of Rev.
  • 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

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