1 Corinthians 9

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?

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.

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?

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.

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 the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

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.

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.

Psalm 107

Morning or Evening

Confitemini Domino

O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.
2. Let them give thanks whom the Lord hath redeemed : and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
3. And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west : from the north and from the south.
4. They went astray in the wilderness out of the way : and found no city to dwell in;
5. Hungry and thirsty : their soul fainted in them.
6. So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : and he delivered them from their distress.
7. He led them forth by the right way : that they might go to the city where they dwelt.
8. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
9. For he satisfieth the empty soul : and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10. Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : being fast bound in misery and iron ;
11. Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord : and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest;
12. He also brought down their heart through heaviness : they fell down, and there was none to help them.
13. So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.
14. For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death : and brake their bonds in sunder.
15. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
16. For he hath broken the gates of brass : and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.
17. Foolish men are plagued for their offence : and because of their wickedness.
18. Their soul abhorred all manner of meat : and they were even hard at death’s door.
19. So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.
20. He sent his word, and healed them : and they were saved from their destruction.
21. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
22. That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving : and tell out his works with gladness!
23. They that go down to the sea in ships : and occupy their business in great waters;
24. These men see the works of the Lord : and his wonders in the deep.
25. For at his word the stormy wind ariseth : which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26. They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep : their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
27. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man : and are at their wits’ end.
28. So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivereth them out of their distress.
29. For he maketh the storm to cease : so that the waves thereof are still.
30. Then are they glad, because they are at rest : and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
31. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
32. That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people : and praise him in the seat of the elders!
33. Who turneth the floods into a wilderness : and drieth up the water-springs.
34. A fruitful land maketh he barren : for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35. Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water : and water-springs of a dry ground.
36. And there he setteth the hungry : that they may build them a city to dwell in;
37. That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards : to yield them fruits of increase.
38. He blesseth them so that they multiply exceedingly : and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39. And again, when they are minished and brought low : through oppression, through any plague or trouble;
40. Though he suffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants : and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
41. Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery : and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
42. The righteous will consider this, and rejoice : and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
43. Whoso is wise will ponder these things : and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
   As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.