1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 9:6

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

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Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
- King James Version

Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Or I only and Barnabas, have we no right to take a rest from work?
- Basic English Bible

Or *I* alone and Barnabas, have we not a right not to work?
- Darby Bible

Or I only and Barnabas, have we not power to forbear working?
- Webster's Bible

Or again, is it only Barnabas and myself who are not at liberty to give up working with our hands?
- Weymouth Bible

Or have only Barnabas and I no right to not work?
- World English Bible

Or Y aloone and Barnabas han not power to worche these thingis?
- Wycliffe Bible

or only I and Barnabas, have we not authority -- not to work?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:6


9:6 To forbear working - With our hands.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:6


1Co 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not power to forbear working? He and Barnabas worked with their own hands to sustain themselves while preaching. Others were sustained. Had not they the same right? He next shows that they had the right by various illustrations.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 9

  • Bruce
    No. We are to Help Each Other with Any Need when Possible. Money, Job, Food, Car, clothes, Whatever. Just Needs, Not Wants. And The Most Important Bible Studies, Fellowship. We are to Do The Same with The Lost, Telling Them How to Be Saved by The Blood of The Lamb. If We have a Big House Maybe We Can Downsize. Eternity is More Valuable than Our Stuff.
  • Doug
    1 Corinthians 9:5. Is Paul saying he has authority over Peter ? I maybe reading this incorrectly. So please if someone can help me , I will appreciate it
  • 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?

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