Thematic Bible

1 Corinthians 9:1 (show verse)

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

1 Corinthians 9:2 (show verse)

If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 9:3 (show verse)

My defense to those who examine me is this:
No Themes for this verse.

1 Corinthians 9:4 (show verse)

Don’t we have the right to eat and drink?
No Themes for this verse.

1 Corinthians 9:5 (show verse)

Don’t we have the right to be accompanied by a Christian wife like the other apostles, the Lord’s brothers, and Cephas?

1 Corinthians 9:6 (show verse)

Or do Barnabas and I alone have no right to refrain from working?

1 Corinthians 9:7 (show verse)

Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who shepherds a flock and does not drink the milk from the flock?

1 Corinthians 9:8 (show verse)

Am I saying this from a human perspective? Doesn’t the law also say the same thing?

1 Corinthians 9:9 (show verse)

For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out grain. Is God really concerned with oxen?

1 Corinthians 9:10 (show verse)

Or isn’t He really saying it for us? Yes, this is written for us, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes should do so in hope of sharing the crop.

1 Corinthians 9:11 (show verse)

If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it too much if we reap material benefits from you?

1 Corinthians 9:12 (show verse)

If others have this right to receive benefits from you, don’t we even more?

However, we have not made use of this right; instead we endure everything so that we will not hinder the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:13 (show verse)

Don’t you know that those who perform the temple services eat the food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the offerings of the altar?

1 Corinthians 9:14 (show verse)

In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:15 (show verse)

But I have used none of these rights, and I have not written this to make it happen that way for me. For it would be better for me to die than for anyone to deprive me of my boast!

1 Corinthians 9:16 (show verse)

For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because an obligation is placed on me. And woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

1 Corinthians 9:17 (show verse)

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward, but if unwillingly, I am entrusted with a stewardship.

1 Corinthians 9:18 (show verse)

What then is my reward? To preach the gospel and offer it free of charge and not make full use of my authority in the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:19 (show verse)

Although I am a free man and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people.

1 Corinthians 9:20 (show verse)

To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law—to win those under the law.

1 Corinthians 9:21 (show verse)

To those who are without that law, like one without the law—not being without God’s law but within Christ’s law—to win those without the law.

1 Corinthians 9:22 (show verse)

To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some.

1 Corinthians 9:23 (show verse)

Now I do all this because of the gospel, so I may become a partner in its benefits.

1 Corinthians 9:24 (show verse)

Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize.

1 Corinthians 9:25 (show verse)

Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away.

1 Corinthians 9:26 (show verse)

Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air.

1 Corinthians 9:27 (show verse)

Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.