1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 9:17

“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.”

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Other Translations

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

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

  • D W L
    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

    2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 to the weak became I as weak that I might gain the weak I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some 1 TIMOTHY 4:16 take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine--continue in them--for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee JAMES 3:14 but if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts glory not and lie not against the truth
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 9:13 DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THEY WHICH MINISTER ABOUT HOLY THINGS LIVE OF THE THINGS OF THE TEMPLE AND THEY WHICH WAIT AT THE ALTAR ARE PARTAKERS WITH THE ALTAR --9:14--EVEN SO HATH THE LORD ORDAINED THAT THEY WHICH PREACH THE GOSPEL SHOUL LIVE OF THE GOSPEL GALATIANS 1:6 I MARVEL THAT YOU ARE SO SOON REMOVED FROM HIM THAT CALLED YOU INTO THE GRACE OF CHRIST UNTO ANOTHER GOSPEL
  • 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

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