1 Corinthians 9 WBT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are ye not my work in the Lord? 1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?
2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for ye are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 2 Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3 My answer to them that examine me is this, 3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me.
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? 4 Don't we have the right to food and drink?
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and [as] the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 5 Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas ?
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not power to forbear working? 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who must work for a living?
7 Who goeth a warfare at any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of its fruit? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk?
8 Do I say these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? 8 Do I say this merely from a human point of view? Doesn't the Law say the same thing?
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? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it about oxen that God is concerned?
10 Or saith he [this] 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. 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.
11 If we have sown to you spiritual things, [is it] a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?
12 If others are partakers of [this] power over you, [are] not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do ye not know that they who minister about holy things live [from the things] of the temple, and they who wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 13 Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live by the gospel. 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done to me: for [it were] better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 15 But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me. I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of this boast.
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of: for necessity is laid upon me; and woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel! 16 Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach 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 to me. 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to 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 may not abuse my power in the gospel. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it.
19 For though I am free from all [men], yet I have made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more. 19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
20 And to 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; 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those 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. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law.
22 To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak: I have become all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with [you]. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
24 Know ye not, that they who run in a race, all run, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so I fight, not as one that beateth the air: 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.
27 But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.