King James Version1 Corinthians9

1 Corinthians

1 Am I not an apos­tle? am I not free? have I not seen Je­sus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2 If I be not an apos­tle unto oth­ers, yet doubt­less I am to you: for the seal of mine apos­tle­ship are ye in the Lord. 3 Mine an­swer to them that do ex­am­ine me is this, 4 Have we not pow­er to eat and to 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? 6 Or I only and Barn­abas, have not we pow­er to for­bear work­ing? 7 Who goeth a war­fare any time 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 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same al­so? 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? 10 Or saith he it 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. 11 If we have sown unto you spir­i­tu­al things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your car­nal things? 12 If oth­ers be 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. 13 Do ye not know that they which min­is­ter about holy things live of the things of the tem­ple? and they which wait at the al­tar are par­tak­ers with the al­tar? 14 Even so hath the Lord or­dained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: nei­ther have I writ­ten these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were bet­ter for me to die, than that any man should make my glo­ry­ing void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have noth­ing to glo­ry of: for ne­ces­si­ty is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not 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 unto 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 abuse not my pow­er in the gospel. 19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made my­self ser­vant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto 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; 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. 22 To the weak be­came I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be par­tak­er there­of with you. 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one re­ceiveth the prize? So run, that ye may ob­tain. 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. 26 I there­fore so run, not as un­cer­tain­ly; so fight I, not as one that beat­eth the air: 27 But I keep un­der my body, and bring it into sub­jec­tion: lest that by any means, when I have preached to oth­ers, I my­self should be a cast­away.