9:1Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
9:2If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
9:3Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
9:4Have we not power to eat and to drink?
9:5Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
9:6Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
9:7Who 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?
9:8Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9:9For 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?
9:10Or 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.
9:11If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
9:12If 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.
9:13Do 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?
9:14Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
9:15But 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.
9:16For 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!
9:17For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
9:18What 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.
9:19For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
9:20And 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;
9:21To 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.
9:22To 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.
9:23And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
9:24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
9:25And 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.
9:26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
9:27But 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.
10:1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
10:2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
10:3And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
10:4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
10:5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
10:6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
10:7Neither 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.
10:8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
10:9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10:10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
10:11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
10:12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
10:13There 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.
10:14Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
10:15I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
10:16The 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?
10:17For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
10:18Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
10:19What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
10:20But 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.
10:21Ye 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.
10:22Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
10:23All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
10:24Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
10:25Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
10:26For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
10:27If 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.
10:28But 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:
10:29Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
10:30For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
10:31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
10:32Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
10:33Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
11:1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
11:2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
11:3But 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.
11:4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
11:5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
11:6For 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.
11:7For 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.
11:8For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
11:9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
11:10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
11:11Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
11:12For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
11:13Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
11:14Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
11:15But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
11:16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
11:17Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
11:18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
11:19For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
11:20When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
11:21For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
11:22What? 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.
11:23For 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:
11:24And 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.
11:25After 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.
11:26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
11:27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
11:28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
11:29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
11:30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
11:31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
11:32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
11:33Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
11:34And 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.
12:1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
12:2Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
12:3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
12:4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
12:5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
12:6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
12:7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
12:8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
12:9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
12:10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
12:11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12:12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
12:13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
12:14For the body is not one member, but many.
12:15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
12:16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
12:17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
12:18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
12:19And if they were all one member, where were the body?
12:20But now are they many members, yet but one body.
12:21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
12:22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
12:23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
12:24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
12:25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
12:26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
12:27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
12:28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
12:29Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
12:30Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
12:31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.