1 Corinthians

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THE FIRST EPISTLE of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Chapter 9

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1 He sheweth his libertie, 7 and that the minister ought to liue by the Gospel: 15 yet that himselfe hath of his owne accord abstained, 18 to be either chargeable vnto them: 22 or offensiue vnto any, in matters indifferent. 24 Our life is like vnto a race.

1Am I not an Apostle? am I not free? haue I not seene Iesus Christ our Lord? Are not you my worke in the Lord?

2If I bee not an Apostle vnto others, yet doubtlesse I am to you: for the seale of mine Apostleship are yee in the Lord.

3Mine answere to them that doe examine me, is this:

4Haue wee not power to eate and to drinke?

5Haue we not power to lead about a sister a wife aswel as other Apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?5

6Or I onely and Barnabas, haue not we power to forbeare working?

7Who goeth a warfare any time at his owne charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruite thereof? or who feedeth a flocke, and eateth not of the milke of the flocke?

8Say I these things as a man? or saith not the Law the same also?

9For it is written in the Law of Moyses, Thou shalt not muzzell the mouth of the oxe that treadeth out the corne: doth God take care for oxen?9

10Or saith hee it altogether for our sakes? for our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that hee that ploweth, should plow in hope: and that hee that thresheth in hope, should bee partaker of his hope.

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11If we haue sowen vnto you spirituall things, is it a great thing if wee shall reape your carnall things?11

12If others bee partakers of this power ouer you, are not we rather? Neuerthelesse, we haue not vsed this power: but suffer all things, lest wee should hinder the Gospel of Christ.

13Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things, liue of the things of the Temple? and they which wait at the altar, are partakers with the altar?13

14Euen so hath the Lord ordeined, that they which preach the Gospel, should liue of the Gospel.

15But I haue vsed none of these things. Neither haue I written these things, that it should bee so done vnto me: for it were better for me to die, then that any man should make my glorying voyd.

16For though I preach the Gospel, I haue nothing to glorie of: for necessitie is laid vpon mee, yea, woe is vnto me, if I preach not the Gospel.

17For if I doe this thing willingly, I haue a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed vnto me.

18What is my reward then? verily that when I preach the Gospel, I may make the Gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the Gospel.

19For though I bee free from all men, yet haue I made my selfe seruant vnto all, that I might gaine the more.

20And 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:

21To them that are without Law, as without Law (being not without Law to God, but vnder the Law to Christ,) that I might gaine them that are without Law.

22To the weake became I as weake, that I might gaine the weake: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all meanes saue some.

23And this I doe for the Gospels sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

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24Know yee not that they which runne in a race, runne all, but one receiueth the price? So runne, that yee may obtaine.

25And euery man that striueth for the masterie, is temperate in all things: Now they doe it to obtaine a corruptible crowne, but we an incorruptible.

26I therefore so runne, not as vncertainely: so fight I, not as one that beateth the ayre:

27But 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.

Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for 1 Corinthians Chapter 9

5 Or, woman.
9 Deut. 25. 4.
11 Rom.15. 27.
13 Deut.18. 1. , Or, feed.

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