1 Corinthians 9-11
King James Version (KJV)
9Â Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
2Â 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.
3Â Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
4Â Have we not power to eat and to drink?
5Â 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?
6Â Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
7Â 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?
8Â Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9Â 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?
10Â 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.
11Â If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
12Â 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.
13Â 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?
14Â Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15Â 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.
16Â 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!
17Â 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.
18Â 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.
19Â For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20Â 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;
21Â 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.
22Â 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.
23Â And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
24Â Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25Â 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.
26Â I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27Â 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.
10Â Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2Â And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3Â And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4Â And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5Â But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6Â Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7Â 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.
8Â Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9Â Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10Â Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11Â Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12Â Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13Â There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
14Â Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
15Â I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
16Â 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?
17Â For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
18Â Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
19Â What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
20Â 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.
21Â 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.
22Â Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
23Â All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
24Â Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.
25Â Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
26Â For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
27Â If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28Â But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:
29Â Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
30Â For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31Â Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32Â Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33Â Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
11Â Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2Â Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
3Â 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.
4Â Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
5Â But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
6Â 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.
7Â For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
8Â For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
9Â Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10Â For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
11Â Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
12Â For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
13Â Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
14Â Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
15Â But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
16Â But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
17Â Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18Â For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19Â For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
20Â When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
21Â For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22Â What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
23Â For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24Â And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25Â After 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.
26Â For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
27Â Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28Â But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29Â For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30Â For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31Â For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32Â But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
33Â Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
34Â 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.