1 Corinthians 9:20

“And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And vnto the Iewes, I became as a Iew, that I might gaine the Iewes: to them that are vnder the Law, as vnder the Law, that I might gaine them that are vnder the Law:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to the Jews I was as a Jew, so that I might give the good news to them; to those under the law I was the same, not as being myself under the law, but so that I might give the good news to those under the law.
- Basic English Bible

And I became to the Jews as a Jew, in order that I might gain the Jews: to those under law, as under law, not being myself under law, in order that I might gain those under law:
- Darby Bible

And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
- Webster's Bible

To the Jews I have become like a Jew in order to win Jews; to men under the Law as if I were under the Law--although I am not--in order to win those who are under the Law;
- Weymouth Bible

To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain those who are under the law;
- World English Bible

And to Jewis Y am maad as a Jew, to wynne the Jewis; to hem that ben vndur the lawe,
- Wycliffe Bible

and I became to the Jews as a Jew, that Jews I might gain; to those under law as under law, that those under law I might gain;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:20


9:20 To the Jews I became as a Jew - Conforming myself in all things to their manner of thinking and living, so far as; I could with innocence. To them that are under the law - Who apprehend themselves to be still bound by the Mosaic law. As under the law - Observing it myself, while I am among them. Not that he declared this to be necessary, or refused to converse with those who did not observe it. This was the very thing which he condemned in St. Peter, #Gal 2:14|.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:20


1Co 9:20 Unto the Jews I became as a Jew. With Jews he lived as a Jew in order to reach them. He observed their distinctions of meats, kept feasts (Ac 18:21), and circumcised Timothy (Ac 16:3). He observed the law to reach those who kept law.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 9

  • Ray321
    James 2:14-16 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body what doth it profit?
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    We are not to do the works of world but. Works of the one that is above this evel world
  • Ray321
    We are commanded to not hinder the gospel of Christ. It's all about the cross of Calvary. 1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. We must eat and drink the gospel of Christ that Paul wrote in 1 Corinth 15:1-4. THE GOSPEL
  • Bruce
    Ray: All that are Saved,are Sealed. We all have the same Promise, The same Spirit,The same Seal.We're all Important.One Cross,One Sacrifice. Whose Blood covers Forever, whosoever ask Forgiveness. Some might ask for Help or Save me or don't let me go to Hell. There's no Specific word or Prayer,He sees The Heart. The Spirit will Teach and Guide Us as We Study His Word. Ephesians 1:13, Revelation 1:5
  • Ray321
    1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. Paul apostleship was seal by Jesus Christ. This is prove that Paul was important to Jesus. We must wake up and read his epistles. Paul also work harder then the rest of the Apostles. Is Jesus speak to us thru Paul's writings? We have to read and find out.
  • Ray321
    1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. I know the gospel that Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus gave him, I must follow and believe what it's means. Believing the gospel that was giving to Paul is Salvation thru Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinth 15:1-4 . Believe with all your heart PLUS NOTHING . AMEN

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