1 Corinthians 9
He sheweth his liberty,
1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are ye not my work in the Lord? 1 Corinthians 9:2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for ye are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 9:3 My answer to them that examine me is this, 1 Corinthians 9:4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? 1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and [as] the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 1 Corinthians 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not power to forbear working?
and that the minister ought to live by the Gospel:
1 Corinthians 9:7 Who goeth a warfare at any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of its fruit? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 1 Corinthians 9:8 Do I say these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? 1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 1 Corinthians 9:10 Or saith he [this] altogether for our sakes? for our sakes, no doubt, [this] is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown to you spiritual things, [is it] a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 1 Corinthians 9:12 If others are partakers of [this] power over you, [are] not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not know that they who minister about holy things live [from the things] of the temple, and they who wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live by the gospel.
yet that himself hath of his own accord abstained,
1 Corinthians 9:15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done to me: for [it were] better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of: for necessity is laid upon me; and woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:17 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.
to be either chargeable unto them,
1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? [Verily] that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my power in the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all [men], yet I have made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more. 1 Corinthians 9:20 And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 1 Corinthians 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
or offensive unto any, in matters indifferent.
1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak: I have become all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with [you].
Our life is like unto a race.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not, that they who run in a race, all run, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so I fight, not as one that beateth the air: 1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away.