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Matt. xxiv. 19.
have trouble in the flesh; and I would spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, that the time is short: 30 it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as if they had them not; and they that weep, as if they wept not; and they that rejoice, as if they rejoiced not; 31 and they that buy, as if they possessed not; and they that use the world, as not misusing it: 32 for, the fashion of this world passeth away; and I wish you to be without cares: 33 he who is unmarried, careth for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; but, he who is married, careth for the things of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 And there is difference, also, in the woman : 35 both the unmarried woman, and the virgin, careth for the things of the Lord, that she 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 : 36 and I say this, for your benefit; not that I may lay a snare for you, but with respect to that which is decorous, and which may enable you to attend on the Lord, without distraction.
37 Yet, if any one think that he behaveth unduly to his betrothed virgin, and not as ought to be done, if she pass the flower of her age, let him do what he will, he sinneth not; let them marry:
38 nevertheless, he who standeth firm in his heart, having no necessity; and who hath power over his own will, and hath so determined in his heart, to keep his betrothed a virgin, will do well:
39 so that, he who taketh his virgin in marriage, will do well; but he who taketh her not in marriage, will do better.
40 The wife is bound, so long Rom. viis.
as her husband liveth; but, if the husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she will; only let it be in the Lord :
41 but, she is happier if she so continue, according to my judgment: for I think, that I also have the Spirit of God.
OW concerning idol-sacrifices, We know indeed, that we all have knowledge; 2 yet, knowledge alone puffeth up, but love buildeth up : 3 if any one thinketh that
he hath known any thing, he c. iii. 18.
knoweth it not yet, as he ought to know it; 4 but, if any one loveth God, God is known by him. 5 Concerning, therefore, the eating of idol-sacrifices; we know, that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one: 6 for, though there are what are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, (as indeed there are many called gods, and many called lords), 7 to us, there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we for him : and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 8 But this knowledge is not in all: for some, through custom of the idol, eat it to this hour, as a thing sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled: 9 but, food will not commend us to God : neither, if we eat it not, are we inferior, or if we eat it, are we superior: 10 but take heed, that this your liberty become not, in any way, a cause of stumbling to the weak: 11 for, if any one see him who hath knowledge sitting at table in an idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he be weak, be emboldened to eat the idol-sacrifices ! 12 and thus the weak brother,
for whom Christ died, perisheth through knowledge: 13 but, if ye so sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 14 Wherefore, if my food cause my brother to stumble, I will never more eat flesh, that I may not cause my brother to stumble.
M not I free? am not I an apostle? have not I seen our Lord Jesus? are not ye my work in the Lord 2 2 if I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you; for ye are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 3 My answer to those who question me, is this, 4 have we not authority to eat, and to drink? 5 have we not authority to lead about a sister for a wife, as well as the other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Kephas? 6 or, have I only, and Barnabas, no authority to refrain from working 2 7 What soldier ever serveth at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not its fruit 2 or, who tendeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock 2 8 Say I these things only as x
2 Cor. iii. 23.
Deut. xxv. 4.
Rom. xv. 29.
2 Cor. xi. 9.
a man 2 or doth not the law also say the same? 9 for it is written in the law of Moses, “ Thou shalt not “ muzzle the ox, that treadeth “ out the corn :” 10 doth God take care for oxen only 2 or saith he this altogether for our sakes? 11 for our sakes, truly, this is written; for, he who ploweth, ought to plow in hope, and he who thresheth, to thresh in hope, of partaking. 12 If we have sown for you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we reap your carnal things? 13 if others partake of this authority over you, should not we rather? yet, we have not used this authority; but endure all things, that we may not cause any hinderance to the gospel of Christ. 14 Know ye not, that they who serve at the sacrifices, eat of the sacrifice? and that they who attend at the altar, partake with the altar? 15 even so the Lord hath ordained, that they who preach the gospel should live by the gospel. 16 But I have not used any of these things; nor have I written these things, that it might so be done to me: for, it were better for me to die, than that any one should make void my glorying.
17 But though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for a necessity is laid on me: for, wo is to me, if I preach not the gospel! 18 for, if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, still a dispensation is committed to me. 19 What then is my reward 2 That, in preaching the gospel, I may make the gospel unchargeable, by not misusing my authority in the gospel: 20 for, though I am free from all men, yet I have made myself a servant to all, that I may gain the more: 21 yea, to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews: to those that are under the law, as under the law, (though I am not under the law,) that I might gain those that are under the law: 22 to those that are without the law, as without the law, (not as being without the law of God, but under the law of Christ,) that I might gain those that are without the law: 23 to the weak, I became as weak, that I might gain the weak: I become all things to all men, that I may by all In eans SaVe SOInne : 24 and I do all these things for the sake of the gospel, that I may be a joint-partaker of it. 25 Know ye not, that when they run in a race, all indeed run, but one only receiveth the prize? so run ye, that ye may obtain :
26 and, every one who contendeth for a prize, is temperate in all things: now, they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we, an incorruptible.
27 I therefore so run, not as one without a mark; so I fight, not as one that striketh the air;
28 but, I keep my body under, and bring it into subjection; lest that, when I have preached to others, I myself should be reprobated.
OR I would not that ye should be ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under protection of the cloud, and all passed safely through the sea; 2 and all were baptized to Moses, in that cloud and in that sea : 3 and all eat the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank of the spiritual rock that followed it : and that Rock was Christ : 4 nevertheless, with the greater part of them God was displeased : for they were destroyed in the wilderness.
5 Now, these things have be-Heb. iii. 1-11. come examples to us, that we should not lust after evil things, as they indeed lusted: 6 neither be ye idolaters, as Ps. cwi. 14. were some of them ; as it is written, “The people sat down Foot *. “to eat and to drink, and rose “up to play:” 7 neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day No. three and twenty thousand : """ 8 neither let us tempt the Ib. xxi. 8, 6. Lord, as some of them tempted him, and were destroyed by serpents: 6 neither murmur ye, as some Ib. xi. 1; and of them murmured, and were xiv. 1, 2. destroyed by the destroyer. 10 But, these things befell them for examples to us; and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come : 11 wherefore, let him who thinketh that he standeth, take heed lest he fall: 12 no trial hath taken you, but such as is suited to man; and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tried above that ye are able to bear, but will, with the trial, make also a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 13 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idol-worship. 14 I speak to you as to wise men; judge ye yourselves what I say:
15 Is not the cup of blessing which we bless, the communion of the blood of Christ? is not the bread which we break, the communion of the body of Christ 2 16 for, though we are many, we are one bread, and one body; for we all partake of that one bread: 17 consider Israel according to the flesh; are not they who eat the sacrifices, partakers of the altar ! 18 What, then, do I mean? that an idol is any thing, or that a thing sacrificed to an idol is any thing? No: 19 but, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to false gods, and not to God; and I would not that ye should hold communion with false gods: 20 ye cannot drink, both the cup of the Lord, and the cup of false gods: ye cannot partake, both of the Lord's table, and of the table of false gods. 21 Or, do we provoke the Lord to jealousy 2 are we stronger than he 22 Though all things be lawful, yet all are not expedient: though all things be lawful, yet all edify not : 23 let no one seek his own profit only, but that also of another.
24 Whatever is sold in the market, eat; asking no question, for the sake of conscience: 25 for, “ the earth is the “ Lord's, and the fulness there“ of.” 26 If any of them that believe not invite you, and ye are willing to go, eat whatever is set before you; asking no question, for the sake of conscience: 27 but, if any one say to you, This hath been sacrificed ; eat it not, for the sake of him who remarked it, and of conscience: 28 of conscience, I say, not thine own, but that of the other. 29 But, why, thou wilt say, is my freedom determined by another's conscience? if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of, for that for which I give thanks 2 30 I answer, Whether, therefore, ye eat, or whether ye drink, or whatsoever thing ye do, do all to the glory of God: 31 be not causes of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God: 32 even as I strive to please all men in all things; not seeking my own profit, but that of the many, that they may be saved. 33 Beye imitators of me, according as I also am of Christ.
c. xii. 12.
c. ix. 14.
2 Cor. vi. 15.
c. vi. 13.
Ps. Kxiv. l.
c. ix. 21-24.