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1 Corinthians 9:19–16:24

Serving All Men

19 For though I am bfree from all men, cI have made myself a servant to all, dthat I might win the more; 20 and eto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the 5law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 fto gthose who are without law, as without law h(not being without 6law toward God, but under 7law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 ito the weak I became 8as weak, that I might win the weak. jI have become all things to all men, kthat I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

Striving for a Crown

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? lRun in such a way that you may 9obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize 1is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for man imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: nnot with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 oBut I discipline my body and pbring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become qdisqualified.

Old Testament Examples

10 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under athe cloud, all passed through bthe sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same cspiritual food, and all drank the same dspiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies ewere scattered in the wilderness.

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as fthey also lusted. gAnd do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, h“The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” iNor let us commit sexual immorality, as jsome of them did, and kin one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us 1tempt Christ, as lsome of them also tempted, and mwere destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as nsome of them also complained, and owere destroyed by pthe destroyer. 11 Now 2all these things happened to them as examples, and qthey were written for our 3admonition, rupon whom the ends of the ages have come.

12 Therefore slet him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but tGod is faithful, uwho will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to 4bear it.

Flee from Idolatry

14 Therefore, my beloved, vflee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wwise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 xThe cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the 5communion of the blood of Christ? yThe bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For zwe, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

18 Observe aIsrael bafter the flesh: cAre not those who eat of the sacrifices 6partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? dThat an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles esacrifice fthey sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 gYou cannot drink the cup of the Lord and hthe cup of demons; you cannot partake of the iLord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we jprovoke the Lord to jealousy? kAre we stronger than He?

All to the Glory of God

23 All things are lawful 7for me, but not all things are lhelpful; all things are lawful 7for me, but not all things 8edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one mthe other’s well-being.

25 nEat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; 26 for othe earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”

27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, peat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it qfor the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; 9for rthe earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” 29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For swhy is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? 30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food tover which I give thanks?

31 uTherefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 vGive no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just was I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

11 Imitate ame, just as I also imitate Christ.

Head Coverings

Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. But I want you to know that bthe head of every man is Christ, cthe head of woman is man, and dthe head of Christ is God. Every man praying or eprophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were fshaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is gshameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since hhe is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman ifrom man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman jfor the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, kneither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.

13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given 1to her for a covering. 16 But lif anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, mnor do the churches of God.

Conduct at the Lord’s Supper

17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, nI hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For othere must also be factions among you, pthat those who are approved may be 2recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and qanother is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise rthe church of God and sshame 3those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For tI received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: uthat the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 4“Take, eat; this is My body which is 5broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death vtill He comes.

Examine Yourself

27 Therefore whoever eats wthis bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and 6blood of the Lord. 28 But xlet a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks 7in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the 8Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many 9sleep. 31 For yif we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, zwe are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

33 Therefore, my brethren, when you acome together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.

Spiritual Gifts: Unity in Diversity

12 Now aconcerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know bthat 1you were Gentiles, carried away to these cdumb 2idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus 3accursed, and dno one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

eThere are 4diversities of gifts, but fthe same Spirit. gThere are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God hwho works 5all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given ithe word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another jthe word of knowledge through the same Spirit, kto another faith by the same Spirit, to another lgifts of healings by 6the same Spirit, 10 mto another the working of miracles, to another nprophecy, to another odiscerning of spirits, to another pdifferent kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, qdistributing to each one individually ras He wills.

Unity and Diversity in One Body

12 For sas the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, tso also is Christ. 13 For uby one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—vwhether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and whave all been made to …

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