1 Corinthians 9:3

3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me.

1 Corinthians 9:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 This is my defense to those who would examine me.
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 This is my answer to those who question my authority.
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 I'm not shy in standing up to my critics.
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 My defence to them that examine me is this.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 This is how I defend myself to those who cross-examine me.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 My defense to those who examine me is this:
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 That is what I say to stand up for myself when people judge me.

1 Corinthians 9:3 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 9:3

Mine answer to them that do examine me is this.
] These words are referred by some to the following, as if the apostle's answer lay in putting the questions he does in the next verses; but they rather seem to belong to the preceding, and the meaning to be this, that when any persons called in question his apostleship, and examined him upon that head, what he thought fit to say in answer to them, and in defence of himself, was by referring them to the famous church at Corinth, who were as particular persons, and as a church, his work in the Lord, and everyone of them as so many seals of his apostleship; he being the first preacher of the Gospel to them, the founder of them as a church, and the instrument of their conversion.

1 Corinthians 9:3 In-Context

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 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 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me.
4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink?
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 ?
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