1 Corinthians 9
He sheweth his liberty,
1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an Apostle? am I not free? haue I not sene Iesus Christ our Lorde? 1 Corinthians 9:2 Are not ye my worke in the Lorde? Yf 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 Mine aunswere to them that axe me, is this. 1 Corinthians 9:4 Haue we not power to eate, and to drinke? 1 Corinthians 9:5 Either haue we not power to leade aboute a syster to wyfe as well as other Apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 1 Corinthians 9:6 Either onely I and Barnabas haue not power this to do?
and that the minister ought to live by the Gospel:
1 Corinthians 9:7 who goeth a warfare anye time at hys owne cost? Who planteth a vineiarde, and eateth not of the fruite? Who fedeth a flocke and eateth not of the mylke? 1 Corinthians 9:8 Saye I these thinges after the maner of men? Or sayeth not the lawe the same also? 1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in þe lawe of Moyses. Thou shalt not mosell the mouth of þe oxe that treadeth out the corne. Doeth God take thought for oxen? 1 Corinthians 9:10 Either saith he it not altogether for our sakes? For our sakes no doubte this is written: þt he whiche eareth, shoulde eare in hope: & þt he whych thresheth in hope, should be partaker of hys hope. 1 Corinthians 9:11 Yf we sowe vnto you spyrytuall thinges: is it a great thinge yf we reape youre carnall thinges. 1 Corinthians 9:12 Yf other be partakers of this power ouer you: wherfore are not we rather? Neuerthelesse we haue not vsed thys power but suffer all thinges leste we shoulde hinder the Gospell of Christe 1 Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not vnderstande howe that they whiche minister in the temple, haue their fyndynge of the temple? And they whych wayte at the aulter, are partakers of the aulter? 1 Corinthians 9:14 Euen so also dyd the Lord ordaine, that they which preach the Gospel, shoulde lyue of the Gospell.
yet that himself hath of his own accord abstained,
1 Corinthians 9:15 But I haue vsed none of these thinges. Neither wrote I these thinges, þt it should be so done vnto me. For it were better for me to dye, then that anye shoulde take this reioysinge from me. 1 Corinthians 9:16 In that I preache the Gospel, I haue nothinge to reioyce of. For necessytye is put vnto me. Wo is it vnto me yf I preach not the Gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:17 Yf I do it wyth a good wil, I haue a rewarde. But yf I do it against my wyl, an offyce is committed vnto me.
to be either chargeable unto them,
1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Verelye, that when I preache the Gospell, I make the Gospell of Christ fre, that I misuse not myne authoryte in the Gospell. 1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be fre from all men, yet haue I made my selfe seruaunte vnto all men, that I myght winne the mo. 1 Corinthians 9:20 Vnto þe Iewes, I became as a Iewe, to winne the Iewes. To them that were vnder the lawe, was I made as though I had ben vnder þe lawe, to winne them that were vnder the lawe. 1 Corinthians 9:21 To them that were without lawe, became I as though I had ben without the lawe (when I was not without lawe as perteyninge to God, but vnder a lawe as concerninge Christe) to wynne them that were without lawe.
or offensive unto any, in matters indifferent.
1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weake became I as weake, to wynne the weake. In all thinge I fashioned my selfe to all men, to saue at the lest waye some. 1 Corinthians 9:23 And thys I do for the Gospel sake, that I might haue my parte thereof.
Our life is like unto a race.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Perceyue ye not howe that they whyche runne in a course, runne all, yet but one receiueth the reward. So runne that ye maye obtayne. 1 Corinthians 9:25 Euery man that proueth maysters abstaineth from all thinges. And they do it to obtaine a corruptible croune: but we to obtaine an vncorruptible croune. 1 Corinthians 9:26 I therfore so runne, not as an uncertaine thinge. So fight I not as one that beateth the ayer: 1 Corinthians 9:27 but I tame my bodye and bringe it into subieccion, leste after that I haue preached to other, I my selfe should be a cast away.