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1 Corinthians 9 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Paul’s Use of Freedom

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:1 - Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:2 - If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:3 - My defense to those who examine me is this:
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:4 - [fn]Do we not have a right to eat and drink?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:5 - [fn]Do we not have a right to take along a [fn]believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord, and [fn]Cephas?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:6 - Or do only [fn]Barnabas and I have no right to refrain from [fn]working?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:7 - Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not [fn]consume some of the milk of the flock?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:8 - I am not just asserting these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does the Law not say these things as well?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:9 - For it is written in the Law of Moses: “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE IT IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:10 - Or is He speaking entirely for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing in the crops.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:11 - If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:12 - If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:13 - Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share [fn]from the altar?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:14 - So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:15 - But I have used none of these things. And I have not written these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to die than that. No one shall make my boast an empty one!
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:16 - For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast about, for I am under compulsion; for woe to me if I do not preach the gospel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:17 - For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a commission nonetheless.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:18 - What, then, is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:19 - For though I am free from all people, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may gain more.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:20 - To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might gain Jews; to those who are under the Law, I became as one under the Law, though not being under the Law myself, so that I might gain those who are under the Law;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:21 - to those who are without the Law, I became as one without the Law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might gain those who are without the Law.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:22 - To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak; I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:23 - I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:24 - Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:25 - Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. So they do it to obtain a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:26 - Therefore I run in such a way as not to run aimlessly; I box in such a way, as [fn]to avoid hitting air;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:27 - but I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit It is not that we have no right to eat and drink, is it?
Lit It is not that we have no right to take along...Cephas, is it?
Lit sister, as a wife
Peter’s Aramaic name
Lit I and Barnabas
I.e., to support themselves
Lit eat from
Lit with
Lit not hitting

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