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1 Corinthians 9

King James Version

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 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?

apostle/emissary - man divinely commissioned to represent Christ; from apostello 649; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ("apostle") (with miraculous powers):--apostle, messenger, he that is sent.; (649) - from apo 575 and stello 4724; set apart, i.e. (by implication) to send out (properly, on a mission) literally or figuratively:--put in, send (away, forth, out), set (at liberty).

 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.

apostle/emissary - man divinely commissioned to represent Christ; from apostello 649; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ("apostle") (with miraculous powers):--apostle, messenger, he that is sent.; (649) - from apo 575 and stello 4724; set apart, i.e. (by implication) to send out (properly, on a mission) literally or figuratively:--put in, send (away, forth, out), set (at liberty).

 Mine answer to them that do 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 well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

apostle/emissary - man divinely commissioned to represent Christ; from apostello 649; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ("apostle") (with miraculous powers):--apostle, messenger, he that is sent.; (649) - from apo 575 and stello 4724; set apart, i.e. (by implication) to send out (properly, on a mission) literally or figuratively:--put in, send (away, forth, out), set (at liberty).
Cephas/Kĕpha - stone; of Chaldee origin (compare keph 3710); the Rock; Cephas (i.e. Kepha), a surname of Peter:; 3710 - from 'kaphaph' (3721); a hollow rock:--rock.; 3721 - a primitive root; to curve:--bow down (self).

 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

 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?

 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 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.

Gospel/Besorah - good news; a good message; from eu - eu 2095 and aggeloV - aggelos 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).; 2095 - neuter of a primary eus (good); (adverbially) well:--good, well (done).; 32 - from aggello (probably derived from agw - ago 71; compare 34) (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor:--angel, messenger.

 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!

Gospel/Besorah - good news; a good message; from eu - eu 2095 and aggeloV - aggelos 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).; 2095 - neuter of a primary eus (good); (adverbially) well:--good, well (done).; 32 - from aggello (probably derived from agw - ago 71; compare 34) (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor:--angel, messenger.

 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.

Gospel/Besorah - good news; a good message; from eu - eu 2095 and aggeloV - aggelos 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).; 2095 - neuter of a primary eus (good); (adverbially) well:--good, well (done).; 32 - from aggello (probably derived from agw - ago 71; compare 34) (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor:--angel, messenger.

 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.

Gospel/Besorah - good news; a good message; from eu - eu 2095 and aggeloV - aggelos 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).; 2095 - neuter of a primary eus (good); (adverbially) well:--good, well (done).; 32 - from aggello (probably derived from agw - ago 71; compare 34) (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor:--angel, messenger.

 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;

Jew/Yahudah - of the tribe of Judah; a Hebrew person

 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.

Gospel/Besorah - good news; a good message; from eu - eu 2095 and aggeloV - aggelos 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).; 2095 - neuter of a primary eus (good); (adverbially) well:--good, well (done).; 32 - from aggello (probably derived from agw - ago 71; compare 34) (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor:--angel, messenger.

 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.