1 Corinthians 9
He sheweth his liberty,
1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an Apostle? am I not fre? haue I not sene Iesus Christ oure Lorde? 1 Corinthians 9:2 Are ye not my worke in þe Lorde? If I be not an Apostle vnto other, yet am I vnto you. For the seale of myne Apostleshyppe are ye in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 9:3 Myne answer to them that aske me, is this. 1 Corinthians 9:4 Haue we not power to eate and to dryncke? 1 Corinthians 9:5 Haue we not power to leade about a woman a syster, as well as other Apostles, and as the brethren of the Lorde, and Cephas? 1 Corinthians 9:6 Ether onely I and Barnabas haue not power thys to do?
and that the minister ought to live by the Gospel:
1 Corinthians 9:7 Who goeth a warfare eny tyme at hys awne cost? who planteth a vineyarde, and eateth not of the frute therof? Or who fedeth a flocke and eateth not of the mylcke of the flocke? 1 Corinthians 9:8 Saye I these thynges after the maner of men? Sayth not þe lawe þe same also? 1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is wrytten in þe lawe of Moses. Thou shalt not mosell the mouth of þe oxe that treadeth oute the corne. Doth God take thought for oxen? 1 Corinthians 9:10 Sayth he it not alltogether for oure sakes? For oure sakes no doute this is written: that he whych eareth shulde eare in hope & that he whych throssheth in hope, shulde be partaker of hys hope. 1 Corinthians 9:11 If we sowe vnto you spirituall thynges, is it a great thynge yf we reape youre bodely thynges? 1 Corinthians 9:12 If other be partakers of thys power ouer you, wherfore are not we rather? Neuerthelesse we haue not vsed this power: but suffre all thinges, lest we shulde hinder þe Gospell of Chryst. 1 Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not knowe, howe þt they which minister aboute holy thinges lyue of þe sacrifyce? They which wayte of the temple, are partakers of þe temple. 1 Corinthians 9:14 Euen so also dyd þe Lord ordayne: that they whych preach the Gospell, shulde lyue of þe Gospell.
yet that himself hath of his own accord abstained,
1 Corinthians 9:15 But I haue vsed none of these thinges. Neuertheles I wrote not these thinges, þt it shuld be so done vnto me. For it were better for me to dye, then þt eny man shuld take this reioysinge from me. 1 Corinthians 9:16 For yf I preach the Gospell, I haue nothynge to reioyce of. For necessyte is put vnto me. But wo is it vnto me, yf I preach not the Gospell. 1 Corinthians 9:17 If I do it wt a good will, I haue a reward. But yf I do it against my will, an office is committed vnto me.
to be either chargeable unto them,
1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Uerely þt when I preach the Gospell, I make the Gospell of Christ fre, that I misuse not myne auctorite in the Gospell. 1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be fre from all men, yet haue I made my selfe seruaunt vnto all men, that I myght wynne the moo. 1 Corinthians 9:20 Unto the Iewes, I became as a Iewe, to wynne þe Iewes. To them that were vnder the lawe, was I made as though I had bene vnder the lawe, to wynne them that were vnder the lawe. 1 Corinthians 9:21 To them that were wythout lawe, became I as though I had bene wythout lawe (when I was not without lawe as perteyning to God, but vnder þe lawe of Chryst) to wynne them that were wythout lawe.
or offensive unto any, in matters indifferent.
1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weake became I as weake, to wynne þe weake: In all thinges I fasshyoned my selfe to all men, to saue at þe least waye some. 1 Corinthians 9:23 And this I do for þe gospels sake, that I myght haue my parte therof.
Our life is like unto a race.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Perceaue ye not, howe that they which runne in a course, runne all, but one receaueth þe rewarde? So runne, that ye maye obtayne. 1 Corinthians 9:25 Euery man þt proueth masteries, abstayneth from all thynges. And they do it to obtayne a crowne þt shall perysshe: but we to obtayne an euerlasting crowne. 1 Corinthians 9:26 I therfore so runne, not as at an vncertayne thyng. So fyght I, not as one that beateth the ayer: 1 Corinthians 9:27 but I tame my body, & brynge it into subieccyon, lest by anye meanes it come to passe, that whan I haue preached to other, I my selfe shulde be a cast awaye.