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1 Corinthians 9-1121st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are not you my work in the Lord?

If I am not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you. For ye are the seal of mine apostleship in the Lord.

Mine answer to those who examine me is this:

Have we not power to eat and to drink?

Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as do other apostles and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

Or is it I only and Barnabas who have not power to forbear working?

Who goeth to war at any time at his own expense? 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?

Say I these things as a man, or saith not the law the same also?

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 doth He say 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 so great a thing if we should reap your worldly things?

12 If others are partakers of this power over you, are we not even more? 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 those who minister concerning holy things live of the things of the temple, and those who wait upon the altar are partakers with the altar?

14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that those who preach the Gospel should live from the Gospel.

15 But I have used none of these things; neither have I written, that these things should be so done unto me. For it would be 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 about, 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 dispensing 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 am 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 those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain those who are under the law;

21 to those who are outside the law, as outside the law (though not outside the law of God, but under the law of Christ), that I might gain those who are outside the law.

22 To the weak I became 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 those who run in a race all run, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain it.

25 And every man that striveth for mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, but not with uncertainty; I so fight, but not as one that beateth the air.

27 But I keep control of my body, and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

10 Moreover, brethren, I would not have ye ignorant of how all of our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,

and all were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.

And all ate the same spiritual meat,

and all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

But with many of them God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed — and three and twenty thousand fell in one day.

Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted — and were destroyed by serpents.

10 Neither should ye murmur, as some of them also murmured — and were destroyed by the destroyer.

11 Now all these things happened unto them by way of example, and are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

12 Therefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.

13 There hath no temptation taken hold of you but such as is common to man. But God is faithful; He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

14 Therefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

16 The cup of blessing which we bless: is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break: is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

17 For we, being many, are one bread and one body, for we are all partakers of that one Bread.

18 Behold Israel according to the flesh: are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

19 What say I then? That the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything?

20 But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God; and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils; ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and of the table of devils.

22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify.

24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wellbeing.

25 Whatsoever is sold in the meat market, that eat, asking no question for conscience’ sake;

26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”

27 If any of those who do not believe bid you to a feast, and ye are disposed to go, whatsoever is set before you eat, asking no question for conscience’ sake.

28 But if any man say unto you, “This is offered in sacrifice unto idols,” then eat it not for his sake who showed it, and for conscience’ sake; for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”

29 I do not mean thine own conscience, but the other’s. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?

30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why is evil spoken of me for that for which I give thanks?

31 Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

32 Give no offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God,

33 even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

11 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things and keep the ordinances as I have delivered them to you.

But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

Every man who prayeth or prophesieth, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head.

But every woman who prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head, for that is one and the same as if she were shaven.

For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, inasmuch as he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.

For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.

Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man.

10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head, because of the angels.

11 Nevertheless, neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord.

12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God.

13 Judge for yourselves: Is it comely that a woman should pray unto God uncovered?

15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given her for a covering.

16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

17 Now in this I declare unto you that I praise you not: that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it.

19 For there must be also heresies among you, that those who are approved may be made manifest among you.

20 When ye therefore come together into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.

21 For in eating, every one taketh his own supper ahead of another, and one is hungry and another is drunken.

22 What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God, and shame those who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not!

23 For I have received from the Lord that which also I delivered unto you: that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread;

24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.”

25 In the same manner also He took the cup when He had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death until He come.

27 Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28 But let a man examine himself, and then let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.

29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

33 Therefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home, that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

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