1 Corinthians 9

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EATING OF THE ALTAR

1 ¶ Am I not an apostle?[1] am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2 If I be not an apostle[2] unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Power of government

3 ¶ Mine answer to them that do examine me is this, 4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? 5 Have we not power to lead [3]a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power [exousia] to forbear working? 7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? 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?


10 Or saith he it 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. 11 If 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[exousia] over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power[exousia]; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that they which minister[4] about holy things[5] live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach[6] the gospel should live of the gospel[7].

15 ¶ But I 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 my glorying void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power[exousia] in the gospel.

19 ¶ For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant[8] unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto 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; 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. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker[9] thereof with you.

24 ¶ Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?[10] So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate[11] in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.[12]



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== Footnotes ==
  1. 652 ~ἀπόστολος~ apostolos \@ap-os’-tol-os\@ from 649 n m AV-apostle 78, messenger 2, he that is sent 1; 81 1) a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders
  2. Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
    1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
    1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
    2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
  3. 1849 ~ἐξουσία~ exousia \@ex-oo-see’-ah\@ from 1832 (in the sense of ability); n f AV-power 69, authority 29, right 2, liberty 1, jurisdiction 1, strength 1; 103 1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases 1a) leave or permission 2) physical and mental power 2a) the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises 3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege) 4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
  4. 2038 ~ἐργάζομαι~ ergazomai \@er-gad’-zom-ahee\@ middle voice from 2041; v AV-work 22, wrought 7, do 3, minister about 1, forbear working + 3361 1, labour for 1, labour 1, commit 1, trade by 1, trade 1; 39 1) to work, labour, do work 2) to trade, to make gains by trading, "do business" 3) to do, work out 4) to work for, earn by working, to acquire
  5. 2413 ~ἱερός~ hieros \@hee-er-os’\@ of uncertain affinity; adj AV-holy 2; 2 1) sacred, consecrated to the deity, pertaining to God 1a) sacred Scriptures, because inspired by God, treating of divine things and therefore to be devoutly revered
  6. 2605 ~καταγγέλλω~ kataggello \@kat-ang-gel’-lo\@ from 2596 and the base of 32; AV-preach 10, show 3, declare 2, teach 1, speak of 1; 17 1) to announce, declare, promulgate, make known 2) to proclaim publicly, publish
  7. 2098 ~εὐαγγέλιον~ euaggelion \@yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on\@ from the same as 2097; n n AV-gospel 46, gospel of Christ 11, gospel of God 7, gospel of the Kingdom 3, misc 10; 77 1) a reward for good tidings 2) good tidings
  8. 1402 ~δουλόω~ douloo \@doo-lo’-o\@ from 1401; n m AV-become servant 2, bring into bondage 2, be under bondage 1, given 1, make servant 1, in bondage 1; 8 1) to make a slave of, reduce to bondage 2) metaph. give myself wholly to one’s needs and service, make myself a bondman to him
  9. 4791 ~συγκοινωνός~ sugkoinonos \@soong-koy-no-nos’\@ from 4862 and 2844; n m AV-partaker with + 1096 1, partaker with 1, partaker 1, companion 1; 4 1) participant with others in anything, joint partner
  10. 1017 ~βραβεῖον~ brabeion \@brab-i’-on\@ from brabeus (an umpire of uncertain derivation); n n AV-prize 2; 2 1) the award to the victor in the games, a prize 2) metaph. of the heavenly reward for Christian character
  11. 1467 ~ἐγκρατεύομαι~ egkrateuomai \@eng-krat-yoo’-om-ahee\@ middle voice from 1468; v AV-can contain 1, be temperate 1; 2 1) to be self-controlled, continent 1a) to exhibit self-government, conduct, one’s self temperately 1b) in a figure drawn from athletes, who in preparing themselves for the games abstained from unwholesome food, wine, and sexual indulgence
  12. 96 ~ἀδόκιμος~ adokimos \@ad-ok’-ee-mos\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and 1384; adj AV-reprobate 6, castaway 1, rejected 1; 8 1) not standing the test, not approved 1a) properly used of metals and coins 2) that which does not prove itself such as it ought 2a) unfit for, unproved, spurious, reprobate


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