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I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress; I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife 7 seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife 7 seek not a wife. 28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned: and if a virgin marry she hath not sinned. Nevertheless, such shall have trouble in the flesh; but I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, The time is short. It remaineth, that both they that have wives, be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not ; and they that buy, as though they possessed not ; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it. For the fashion of this world passeth away. 32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried, careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married, careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the

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may be holy, both in body and in spirit: but she that is married, careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not : let them marry. 37 Nevertheless, he that standeth steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. 38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. 39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

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Of eating meats offered to idols.

that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

2 And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man love God,

the same is known of him.

4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but One.

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en or in earth, (as there be

gods many, and lords many ;) 6 But to us there is but one

God, the Father, of whom are

all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7 Howbeit, there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol: and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither if we eat, are we the better; neither if we eat not, are we the worse. 9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to them that are weak. 10 For if any man see thee, which has knowledge, sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat

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ye my work in the Lord? 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 Lord. 3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this ; 4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? 5 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? 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working? 7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges 7 who planteth a vineyard, and eateth

not of the fruit thereof 7 or who

Paul's self-denial for

feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock 7 8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also 7 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 7 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes 7 For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that plougheth should plough 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 carmal things 7 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 holythings live of the things of the temple, and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar 7 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. x 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 mere better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 16 For though I preach the

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gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, wo is unto me, if I preach not the gospel ! . . 17 For if I do this thin 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 Islea IslS SaV6 SOIsle. 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 3 So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate

The Christian life a race.

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 cast-away.

CHAP. X. 1 The sacraments of the Jews 6 are types of ours, 7 and their punishments, 11 examples for us. 14. We must fly from idolatry. 21 We must not make the Lord's table the table of devils: 24 and in things indifferent we must have regard of our brethren.

OREOWER, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: (For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them : and that Rock was Christ.) 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 mere some of them: as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 19

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8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 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. 13 There 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 tempta tion also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 16. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ 7 The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are

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Concerning things indifferent. I. CORINTHIANS.

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 sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye 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. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he'? . 23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient : all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's nealth. 25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience' sake : 26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. 27 If any of them that be

lieve not bid you to a feast, and

ye be disposed to go ; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience' sake. 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, Isay, not thine

own, but of the other: for why

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Bo ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But 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. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered, dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn:

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