1 Corinthians 9-11 American Standard Version

The Rights of Those Who Preach the Gospel

9 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord? 2  If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

3  My defence to them that examine me is this. 4  Have we no right to eat and to drink? 5  Have we no right to lead about a wife that is a believer, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 6  Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working? 7  What soldier ever serveth at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 8  Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law also the same? 9  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Is it for the oxen that God careth, 10  or saith he it assuredly for our sake? Yea, for our sake it was written: because he that ploweth ought to plow in hope, and he that thresheth, [to thresh] in hope of partaking. 11  If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things? 12  If others partake of [this] right over you, do not we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 13  Know ye not that they that minister about sacred things eat [of] the things of the temple, [and] they that wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar? 14  Even so did the Lord ordain that they that proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel.

15  But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things that it may be so done in my case; for [it were] good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my glorifying void. 16  For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel. 17  For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me. 18  What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel without charge, so as not to use to the full my right in the gospel.

19  For though I was free from all [men,] I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more. 20  And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21  to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law. 22  To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some. 23  And I do all things for the gospel's sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof.

24  Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain. 25  And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26  I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air: 27  but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

Warning against Idolatry

10 For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2  and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3  and did all eat the same spiritual food; 4  and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ. 5  Howbeit with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7  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. 8  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9  Neither let us make trial of the Lord, as some of them made trial, and perished by the serpents. 10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer. 11  Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come. 12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it. 14  Wherefore, my 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 a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion of the body of Christ? 17  seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we are all partake of the one bread. 18  Behold Israel after the flesh: have not they that eat the sacrifices communion with the altar? 19  What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20  But [I say], that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with demons. 21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons: ye cannot partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons. 22  Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

Do All to the Glory of God

23  All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify. 24  Let no man seek his own, but [each] his neighbor's [good]. 25  Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience' sake, 26  for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. 27  If one of them that believe not biddeth 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 hath been offered in sacrifice, eat not, for his sake that showed it, and for conscience sake: 29  conscience, I say, not thine own, but the other's; for why is my liberty judged by another conscience? 30  If I partake with thankfulness, why am I evil spoken of 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 occasions of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God: 33  even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of the many, that they may be saved.

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

The Covering of Women's Heads

2  Now I praise you that ye remember me in all things, and hold fast the traditions, even as I delivered them to you. 3  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. 4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head. 5  But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonoreth her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven. 6  For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame to a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled. 7  For a man indeed ought not to have his head veiled, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 8  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man: 9  for neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man: 10  for this cause ought the woman to have [a sign of] authority on her head, because of the angels. 11  Nevertheless, neither is the woman without the man, nor the man without the woman, in the Lord. 12  For as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God. 13  Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled? 14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 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 seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

Disorder at the Lord's Supper

17  But in giving you this charge, 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 divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it. 19  For there must be also factions among you, that they that are approved may be made manifest among you. 20  When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's supper: 21  for in your eating each one taketh before [other] his own supper; 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 put them to shame that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you? In this I praise you not.

The Institution of the Lord's Supper

23  For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; 24  and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25  In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. 26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord's death till he come.

Partaking of the Supper Unworthily

27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28  But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. 29  For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern not the body. 30  For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. 31  But if we discerned ourselves, we should not be judged. 32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 33  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, wait one for another. 34  If any man is hungry, let him eat at home; that your coming together be not unto judgment. And the rest will I set in order whensoever I come.

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