1 Corinthians 9–14

Chapter 9

Paul’s Use of Liberty

1 Am I not afree? Am I not an bapostle? Have I not cseen Jesus our Lord? Are you not dmy work in the Lord?

2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the aseal of my bapostleship in the Lord.

3 My defense to those who examine me is this:

4 1aDo we not have a right to eat and drink?

5 1aDo we not have a right to take along a 2believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the bbrothers of the Lord and cCephas?

6 Or do only 1aBarnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?

7 Who at any time serves aas a soldier at his own expense? Who bplants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not 1use the milk of the flock?

8 I am not speaking these things aaccording to 1human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?

9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “aYou shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.” God is not concerned about boxen, is He?

10 Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, afor our sake it was written, because bthe plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.

11 aIf we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we adid not use this right, but we endure all things bso that we will cause no hindrance to the cgospel of Christ.

13 aDo you not know that those who bperform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share 1from the altar?

14 So also athe Lord directed those who proclaim the bgospel to cget their living from the gospel.

15 But I have aused none of these things. And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to die than have any man make bmy boast an empty one.

16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for aI am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach bthe gospel.

17 For if I do this voluntarily, I have a areward; but if against my will, I have a bstewardship entrusted to me.

18 What then is my areward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel bwithout charge, so as cnot to make full use of my right in the gospel.

19 For though I am afree from all men, I have made myself ba slave to all, so that I may cwin more.

20 aTo the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under 1the Law, as under 1the Law though bnot being myself under 1the Law, so that I might win those who are under 1the Law;

21 to those who are awithout law, bas without law, though not being without the law of God but cunder the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.

22 To the aweak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become ball things to all men, cso that I may by all means save some.

23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.

24 aDo you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives bthe prize? cRun in such a way that you may win.

25 Everyone who acompetes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable bwreath, but we an imperishable.

26 Therefore I arun in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not bbeating the air;

27 but I 1discipline amy body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Chapter 10

Avoid Israel’s Mistakes

1 For aI do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all bunder the cloud and all cpassed through the sea;

2 and all were abaptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

3 and all aate the same spiritual food;

4 and all adrank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was 1Christ.

5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for athey were laid low in the wilderness.

6 Now these things happened as aexamples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as bthey also craved.

7 Do not be aidolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “bThe people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to cplay.”

8 Nor let us act immorally, as asome of them 1did, and btwenty-three thousand fell in one day.

9 Nor let us try the Lord, as asome of them 1did, and were destroyed by the serpents.

10 Nor agrumble, as some of them 1did, and bwere destroyed by the cdestroyer.

11 Now these things happened to them as an aexample, and bthey were written for our instruction, upon whom cthe ends of the ages have come.

12 Therefore let him who athinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and aGod is faithful, who will not allow you to be btempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

14 Therefore, my abeloved, flee from bidolatry.

15 I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say.

16 Is not the acup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the 1bbread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?

17 Since there is one 1bread, we awho are many are one body; for we all partake of the one 1bread.

18 Look at 1the nation aIsrael; are not those who beat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?

19 What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or athat an idol is anything?

20 No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they asacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.

21 aYou cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and bthe table of demons.

22 Or do we aprovoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not bstronger than He, are we?

23 aAll things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things bedify.

24 Let no one aseek his own good, but that of his 1neighbor.

25 aEat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake;

26 afor the earth is the Lord’s, and 1all it contains.

27 If aone of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, beat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake.

28 But aif anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake;

29 I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for awhy is my freedom judged by another’s conscience?

30 If I partake with thankfulness, awhy am I slandered concerning that for which I bgive thanks?

31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or awhatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

32 aGive no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to bthe church of God;

33 just as I also aplease all men in all things, bnot seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, cso that they may be saved.

Chapter 11

Christian Order

1 aBe imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

2 Now aI praise you because you bremember me in everything and chold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.

3 But I want you to understand that 1Christ is the ahead of every man, and bthe man is the head of a woman, and God is the chead of 1Christ.

4 Every man who has something on his head while praying or aprophesying disgraces his head.

5 But every awoman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman 1whose head is bshaved.

6 For if a woman does not cover 1her head, let her also 2have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to 2have her hair cut off or 1her head shaved, let her cover 1her head.

7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the aimage and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.

8 For aman 1does not originate from woman, but woman from man;

9 for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but awoman for the man’s sake.

10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

11 However, in the Lord, neither is woman 1independent of man, nor is man 1independent of woman.

12 For as the woman 1originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and aall things 2originate bfrom God.

13 aJudge 1for 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 to her for a covering.

16 But if one is inclined to be contentious, awe have no 1other practice, nor have bthe churches of God.

17 But in giving this instruction, aI do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse.

18 For, in the first place, when you come together 1as a church, I hear that 2adivisions exist among you; and in part I believe it.

19 For there amust also be factions among you, bso that those who are approved may become 1evident among you.

20 Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper,

21 for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and aanother is drunk.

22 What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the achurch of God and bshame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall cI praise you? In this I will not praise you.

The Lord’s Supper

23 For aI received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that bthe Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;

24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

25 In the same way He took athe cup also after supper, saying, This cup is the bnew covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

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

27 Therefore whoever

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