1 Corinthians 9:27

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I keepe vnder my body, and bring it into subiection: lest that by any meanes when I haue preached to others, I my selfe should be a castaway.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I give blows to my body, and keep it under control, for fear that, after having given the good news to others, I myself might not have God's approval.
- Basic English Bible

But I buffet my body, and lead it captive, lest [after] having preached to others I should be myself rejected.
- Darby Bible

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away.
- Webster's Bible

but I hit hard and straight at my own body and lead it off into slavery, lest possibly, after I have been a herald to others, I should myself be rejected.
- Weymouth Bible

but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
- World English Bible

but Y chastise my bodi, and bryng it in to seruage; lest perauenture whanne Y preche to othere, Y my silf be maad repreuable.
- Wycliffe Bible

but I chastise my body, and bring [it] into servitude, lest by any means, having preached to others -- I myself may become disapproved.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:27


9:27 But I keep under my body - By all kinds of self denial. And bring it into subjection - To my spirit and to God. The words are strongly figurative, and signify the mortification of the body of sin, by an allusion to the natural bodies of those who were bruised or subdued in combat. Lest by any means after having preached - The Greek word means, after having discharged the office of an herald, (still carrying on the allusion,) whose office it was to proclaim the conditions, and to display the prizes. I myself should become a reprobate - Disapproved by the Judge, and so falling short of the prize. This single text may give us a just notion of the scriptural doctrine of election and reprobation; and clearly shows us, that particular persons are not in holy writ represented as elected absolutely and unconditionally to eternal life, or predestinated absolutely and unconditionally to eternal death; but that believers in general are elected to enjoy the Christian privileges on earth; which if they abuse, those very elect persons will become reprobate. St. Paul was certainly an elect person, if ever there was one; and yet he declares it was possible he himself might become a reprobate. Nay, he actually would have become such, if he had not thus kept his body under, even though he had been so long an elect person, a Christian, and an apostle.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:27


1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body. "I buffet my body" (Revised Version). He puts the body down by his blows, by self denial for Christ. And bring [it] into subjection. "Into bondage" (Revised Version). It shall not be his master, but his servant. Lest . . . I myself should be a castaway. He keeps it under lest, after having preached to others, he "should be rejected" (Revised Version); that is, refused the prize of the crown. What an exhortation to us is this example of the apostle! Continually vigilant lest he should be finally rejected! Even he worked out his salvation "with fear and trembling" (Php 2:12). Surely, he should "give all diligence to make our calling and election sure" (2Pe 1:10). In this worldly, self-seeking, luxurious age "we should give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard" (Heb 2:1).

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 9:27

  • 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
  • Vera bunnell for verse 27
    That what we teach should already in our lives, through the Holy Spirit leading. We can understand the will of God. Love for God is to be our motivation and teach ad so.
  • Billy J. Manuel for verse 27
    I might become a castaway through neglect, rebellion, or apathy toward my Lord and my God. However, His word does not become useless regardless of the vessel containing it. Some of the proof of election to office holder is endurance through suffering for the word, not losing faith in the midst of fiery trials, and not allowing foolish thinking and talking to cause us to blaspheme the vital Holy Spirit. It involves clinging to that Almighty hand in spite of every physical, mental, and spiritual attack that might make those persons who are not truly committed to the Lord begin to turn back to the ways of the world (like Lot's wife did) due to disillusionment,discouragement and hungers for things God's people have divorced themselves from. Thank God that Jesus never became discouraged and He will not forsake those who remain true to Him through every trial. "Even a broken vessel has use to God if it is clean."
  • Philip boncore for verse 27
    Bottom line is
    you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you through the spirit god has given you.the word says let this renewed mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus phil2:5 also you can speak in tongues which stenghens the inner man
    by apply this word your body can be in subjection to your mind in a great way. Gods way John 4:4 Worship God in spirit and Truth
  • I'm sad because my body ( in the area of eating) is out of control at times. I fail , at times, miserably in this area and at times am successful, but I wish that I was successful all the time.

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