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1 Corinthians 9:4–27

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Have we not power gto eat and to drink? hHave we not power to lead about ia sister, a ||wife, as well as other apostles, and as jthe brethren of the Lord, and kCephas? Or I only and lBarnabas, have not we power gto forbear working? Who goeth ma warfare any time at his own ncharges? who oplanteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who pfeedeth a qflock, and eateth not of the milk of the qflock? Say I these things ras a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, sThou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that ttreadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? uFor our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that whe that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that tthresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 xIf we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power yover you, are not we rather? Nevertheless zwe have not used this power; but asuffer all things, blest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that cthey which minister about holy things ||live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so dhath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel gshould live of the gospel. 15 But eI have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make fmy glorying void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing fto glory of: for gnecessity is laid upon me; hyea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have ia reward: but if against my will, ka dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18 What is my ireward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, lI may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I mabuse not my power in the gospel. 19 For though I be nfree from all men, yet have oI made myself servant unto all, that I might pgain the more. 20 And qunto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might pgain the Jews; qto them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might pgain them that are under the law; 21 rTo them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but sunder the law to Christ,) that I might pgain them that are without law. 22 tTo the weak became I as weak, that I might pgain the weak: oI am made all things to all men, that I might by all means usave some. 23 vAnd this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth wthe prize? So xrun, that ye may yobtain. 25 And every man that zstriveth for the mastery ais temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible bcrown; but we an cincorruptible. 26 I therefore so xrun, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that ccbeateth the air: 27 But dI ekeep under my body, and fbring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, gI myself should be ha castaway.

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g
h

Comp. ch. 7:7.

i

ch. 7:15.

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Or, woman.

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k

Matt. 8:14. See ch. 1:12.

l

See Acts 4:36.

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n

See Luke 3:14.

o
p
q

John 10:16 (Gk.).

q

John 10:16 (Gk.).

r

See Rom. 3:5. Comp. ch. 15:32 marg.

s

Cited from Deut. 25:4. Cited also 1 Tim. 5:18.

t

Gk. as ver. 10.

u

See Rom. 15:4.

w
t

Gk. as ver. 10.

x
y

Matt. 10:1 marg.

z

See Acts 20:33. So ver. 15, 18.

a

ch. 13:7. 1 Thess. 3:1, 5 in the Gk.

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Or, feed. Gk. not as ver. 14.

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e

So ver. 12. See Acts 18:3.

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h

Comp. Job 10:15.

i

John 4:36 (Gk.). ch. 3:8, 14.

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John 4:36 (Gk.). ch. 3:8, 14.

l
m

See ch. 7:31.

n

ver. 1. So ch. 10:29.

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r

So Gal. 2:3. & 3:2. Comp. Rom. 2:14.

s

See ch. 7:22.

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t
p
o
u
v

Comp. ch. 10:24.

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a

ch. 7:9 (Gk.).

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c
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cc

Comp. ch. 14:9.

d
e

Luke 18:5 (Gk.).

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