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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
 
IX
 
 
[1]    AM I not free? am I not an apostle? have I not seen Jesus our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
[2]  If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
[3]  My defence to them that examine me is this.
[4]  Have we no right to eat and to drink?
[5]  Have we no right to lead about a wife that is a believer, 1 even as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
[6]  Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?
[7]  What soldier ever serveth 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]  Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law also the same?
[9]  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Is it for the oxen that God careth,
[10]  or saith he it assuredly 2 for our sake? Yea, for our sake it was written: because he that ploweth ought to plow in hope, and he that thresheth, to thresh in hope of partaking.
[11]  If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things?
[12]  If others partake of this right over you, do not we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel 3 of Christ.
[13]  Know ye not that they that minister about sacred things eat of the things of the temple, and they that wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar?
[14]  Even so did the Lord ordain that they that proclaim the gospel 4 should live of the gospel. 5
[15]  But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things that it may be so done in my case; for it were good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
[16]  For if I preach 6 the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach 7 not the gospel.
[17]  For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.
[18]  What then is my reward? That, when I preach 8 the gospel, I may make the gospel 9 without charge, so as not to use to the full my right in the gospel. 10
[19]  For though I was free from all men, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more.
[20]  And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
[21]  to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law.
[22]  To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.
[23]  And I do all things for the gospel’s 11 sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof.
[24]  Know ye not that they that run in a race 12 run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.
[25]  And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
[26]  I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight 13 I, as not beating the air:
[27]  but I buffet 14 my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have 15 preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
 
Note 1. Gr. sister. [back]
Note 2. Or, altogether, [back]
Note 3. See marginal note on ch. 4 15. [back]
Note 4. See marginal note on ch. 4 15. [back]
Note 5. See marginal note on ch. 4 15. [back]
Note 6. See marginal note on ch. 1. 17. [back]
Note 7. See marginal note on ch. 1. 17. [back]
Note 8. See marginal note on ch. 1. 17. [back]
Note 9. See marginal note on ch. 4 15. [back]
Note 10. See marginal note on ch. 4 15. [back]
Note 11. See marginal note on ch. 4 15. [back]
Note 12. Gr. race course. [back]
Note 13. Gr. box. [back]
Note 14. Gr. bruise. Lk. 18. 5. [back]
Note 15. Or, have been a herald. [back]
 

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