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1 Corinthians 9 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Weymouth New Testament (WNT) New International Version (NIV)
1 Am I not free? Am I not an Apostle? Can it be denied that I have seen Jesus, our Lord? Are not you yourselves 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 to other men I am not an Apostle, yet at any rate I am one to you; for your very existence as a Christian Church is the seal of my Apostleship. 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 That is how I vindicate myself to those who criticize me. 3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me.
4 Have we not a right to claim food and drink? 4 Don't we have the right to food and drink?
5 Have we not a right to take with us on our journeys a Christian sister as our wife, as the rest of the Apostles do--and the Lord's brothers and Peter? 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 again, is it only Barnabas and myself who are not at liberty to give up working with our hands? 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who must work for a living?
7 What soldier ever serves at his own cost? Who plants a vineyard and yet does not eat any of the grapes? Or who tends a herd of cattle and yet does not taste their milk? 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 Am I making use of merely worldly illustrations? Does not the Law speak in the same tone? 8 Do I say this merely from a human point of view? Doesn't the Law say the same thing?
9 For in the Law of Moses it is written, "Thou shalt not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." 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 Is God simply thinking about the oxen? Or is it really in our interest that He speaks? Of course, it was written in our interest, because it is His will that when a plough-man ploughs, and a thresher threshes, it should be in the hope of sharing that which comes as the result. 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 it is we who sowed the spiritual grain in you, is it a great thing that we should reap a temporal harvest from you? 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?
12 If other teachers possess that right over you, do not we possess it much more? Yet we have not availed ourselves of the right, but we patiently endure all things rather than hinder in the least degree the progress of the Good News of the 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 you not know that those who perform the sacred rites have their food from the sacred place, and that those who serve at the altar all alike share 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 In the same way the Lord also directed those who proclaim the Good News to maintain themselves by the Good News. 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, for my part, have not used, and do not use, my full rights in any of these things. Nor do I now write with that object so far as I myself am concerned, for I would rather die than have anybody make this boast of mine an empty one. 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 If I go on preaching the Good News, that is nothing for me to boast of; for the necessity is imposed upon me; and alas for me, if I fail to preach it! 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 And if I preach willingly, I receive my wages; but if against my will, a stewardship has nevertheless been entrusted 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 are my wages then? The very fact that the Good News which I preach will cost my hearers nothing, so that I cannot be charged with abuse of my privileges as a Christian preacher. 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 Though free from all human control, I have made myself the slave of all in the hope of winning as many converts as possible. 19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
20 To the Jews I have become like a Jew in order to win Jews; to men under the Law as if I were under the Law--although I am not--in order to win those who 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 men without Law as if I were without Law--although I am not without Law in relation to God but am abiding in Christ's Law--in order to win those who 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 have become weak, so as to gain the weak. To all men I have become all things, in the hope that in every one of these ways I may 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 I do everything for the sake of the Good News, that I may share with my hearers in its benefits. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
24 Do you not know that in the foot-race the runners all run, but that only one gets the prize? You must run like him, in order to win with certainty. 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 But every competitor in an athletic contest practices abstemiousness in all directions. They indeed do this for the sake of securing a perishable wreath, but we for the sake of securing one that will not perish. 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 That is how I run, not being in any doubt as to my goal. I am a boxer who does not inflict blows on 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 hit hard and straight at my own body and lead it off into slavery, lest possibly, after I have been a herald to others, I should myself be rejected. 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.