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ST. PAUL ASSERTS HIS RIGHT TO
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9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumbling-block to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols ;
11 And through thy knowledge shall a weak brother perish, for whom Christ died ?
12 But when ye so sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I
§ 21. I cor. ix. 1-14.
to their own Conversion from Heathenism, and the spiri-
1 Am I not an apostle ? am I not free? have I not seen
2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you : for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the
3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this;
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to-forbear working ?
7 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 ?
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also ?
9 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 ?
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should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we bave sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we should 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.
18 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
22. 1 Cor. ix. 15, to the end.
to a Maintenance from the Christian Church at Corinth,
They are exhorted to a Life of continued self-denial
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.
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.
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.
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
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21 To them that are without law, as without law, (be-
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.
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all,
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly ; so fight I,
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into sub-
s 23. 1 Cor. x. 1-12.
wishes to convince the Corinthians that as the favoured
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and
4. And did all drink the same spiritual drink : for they
5 But with many 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
in the sea;
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sand. Vulgar Æra, 57.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
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others, are exhorted to abstain from Idolatry, and from
18 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the
17 For we, being many, are one bread, and one body; for we are all partakers of that one bread.
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar ?
19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing? or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing ?
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacri-
ye should have fellowship with devils.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we
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Dispensation were lawful, in Opposition to the false
23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not
24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking
26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you,
28 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 :
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other : for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience ?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, 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 none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking
§ 26. 1 Cor. xi. 2-16.
nances—He explains their Nature, by shening the Su-