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007:026 I think then that, taking into consideration the distress
which is now upon us, it is well for a man to remain as he is.

007:027 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to get free.
Are you free from the marriage bond? Do not seek for a wife.

007:028 Yet if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a maiden marries,
she has not sinned. Such people, however, will have
outward trouble. But I am for sparing you.

007:029 Yet of this I warn you, brethren: the time has been shortened -
so that henceforth those who have wives should be as though
they had none,

007:030 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice
as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they
did not possess,

007:031 and those who use the world as not using it to the full.
For the world as it now exists is passing away.

007:032 And I would have you free from worldly anxiety.
An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord's business -
how he shall please the Lord;

007:033 but a married man concerns himself with the business of the world -
how he shall please his wife.

007:034 There is a difference too between a married and an unmarried woman.
She who is unmarried concerns herself with the Lord's business -
that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but the married
woman concerns herself with the business of the world -
how she shall please her husband.

007:035 Thus much I say in your own interest; not to lay a trap for you,
but to help towards what is becoming, and enable you to wait
on the Lord without distraction.

007:036 If, however, a father thinks he is acting unbecomingly towards his
still unmarried daughter if she be past the bloom of her youth,
and so the matter is urgent, let him do what she desires;
he commits no sin; she and her suitor should be allowed to marry.

007:037 But if a father stands firm in his resolve, being free from
all external constraint and having a legal right to act
as he pleases, and in his own mind has come to the decision
to keep his daughter unmarried, he will do well.

007:038 So that he who gives his daughter in marriage does well,
and yet he who does not give her in marriage will do better.

007:039 A woman is bound to her husband during the whole period
that he lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty
to marry whom she will, provided that he is a Christian.

007:040 But in my judgement, her state is a more enviable one if she
remains as she is; and I also think that I have the Spirit of God.

008:001 Now as to things which have been sacrificed to idols.
This is a subject which we already understand - because we
all have knowledge of it. Knowledge, however, tends to make
people conceited; it is love that builds us up.

008:002 If any one imagines that he already possesses any true knowledge,
he has as yet attained to no knowledge of the kind to which
he ought to have attained;

008:003 but if any one loves God, that man is known by God.

008:004 As to eating things which have been sacrificed to idols,
we are fully aware that an idol is nothing in the world,
and that there is no God but One.

008:005 For if so-called gods do exist, either in Heaven or on earth -
and in fact there are many such gods and many such lords -

008:006 yet *we* have but one God, the Father, who is the source of all things
and for whose service we exist, and but one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom we and all things exist.

008:007 But all believers do not recognize these facts. Some, from force
of habit in relation to the idol, even now eat idol sacrifices
as such, and their consciences, being but weak, are polluted.

008:008 It is true that a particular kind of food will not bring us
into God's presence; we are neither inferior to others if we
abstain from it, nor superior to them if we eat it.

008:009 But take care lest this liberty of yours should prove a hindrance
to the progress of weak believers.

008:010 For if any one were to see you, who know the real truth
of this matter, reclining at table in an idol's temple,
would not his conscience (supposing him to be a weak believer)
be emboldened to eat the food which has been sacrificed
to the idol?

008:011 Why, your knowledge becomes the ruin of the weak believer -
your brother, for whom Christ died!

008:012 Moreover when you thus sin against the brethren and wound their
weak consciences, you are, in reality, sinning against Christ.

008:013 Therefore if what I eat causes my brother to fall, never again
to the end of my days will I touch any kind of animal food,
for fear I should cause my brother to fall.

009:001 Am I not free? Am I not an Apostle? Can it be denied that I
have seen Jesus, our Lord? Are not you yourselves my work
in the Lord?

009:002 If to other men I am not an Apostle, yet at any rate I am one to you;
for your very existence as a Christian Church is the seal
of my Apostleship.

009:003 That is how I vindicate myself to those who criticize me.

009:004 Have we not a right to claim food and drink?

009:005 Have we not a right to take with us on our journeys a Christian
sister as our wife, as the rest of the Apostles do -
and the Lord's brothers and Peter?

009:006 Or again, is it only Barnabas and myself who are not at liberty
to give up working with our hands?

009:007 What soldier ever serves at his own cost? Who plants
a vineyard and yet does not eat any of the grapes?
Or who tends a herd of cattle and yet does not taste their milk?

009:008 Am I making use of merely worldly illustrations?
Does not the Law speak in the same tone?

009:009 For in the Law of Moses it is written, "Thou shalt not muzzle
an ox while it is treading out the grain."

009:010 Is God simply thinking about the oxen? Or is it really in our
interest that He speaks? Of course, it was written in our interest,
because it is His will that when a plough-man ploughs,
and a thresher threshes, it should be in the hope of sharing
that which comes as the result.

009:011 If it is we who sowed the spiritual grain in you, is it a great
thing that we should reap a temporal harvest from you?

009:012 If other teachers possess that right over you, do not we possess
it much more? Yet we have not availed ourselves of the right,
but we patiently endure all things rather than hinder in
the least degree the progress of the Good News of the Christ.

009:013 Do you not know that those who perform the sacred rites have
their food from the sacred place, and that those who serve
at the altar all alike share with the altar?

009:014 In the same way the Lord also directed those who proclaim
the Good News to maintain themselves by the Good News.

009:015 But I, for my part, have not used, and do not use, my full
rights in any of these things. Nor do I now write with that
object so far as I myself am concerned, for I would rather
die than have anybody make this boast of mine an empty one.

009:016 If I go on preaching the Good News, that is nothing for me
to boast of; for the necessity is imposed upon me; and alas
for me, if I fail to preach it!

009:017 And if I preach willingly, I receive my wages; but if against
my will, a stewardship has nevertheless been entrusted to me.

009:018 What are my wages then? The very fact that the Good News
which I preach will cost my hearers nothing, so that I cannot
be charged with abuse of my privileges as a Christian preacher.

009:019 Though free from all human control, I have made myself the slave
of all in the hope of winning as many converts as possible.

009:020 To the Jews I have become like a Jew in order to win Jews;
to men under the Law as if I were under the Law - although I am not -
in order to win those who are under the Law;

009:021 to men without Law as if I were without Law - although I am not
without Law in relation to God but am abiding in Christ's Law -
in order to win those who are without Law.

009:022 To the weak I have become weak, so as to gain the weak.
To all men I have become all things, in the hope that in every
one of these ways I may save some.

009:023 And I do everything for the sake of the Good News, that I
may share with my hearers in its benefits.

009:024 Do you not know that in the foot-race the runners all run,
but that only one gets the prize? You must run like him,
in order to win with certainty.

009:025 But every competitor in an athletic contest practices
abstemiousness in all directions. They indeed do this for
the sake of securing a perishable wreath, but we for the sake
of securing one that will not perish.

009:026 That is how I run, not being in any doubt as to my goal.
I am a boxer who does not inflict blows on the air,

009:027 but I hit hard and straight at my own body and lead it off
into slavery, lest possibly, after I have been a herald to others,
I should myself be rejected.

010:001 For I would have you remember, brethren, how our forefathers
were all of them sheltered by the cloud, and all got safely
through the Red Sea.

010:002 All were baptized in the cloud and in the sea to be
followers of Moses.

010:003 All ate the same spiritual food,

010:004 and all drank the same spiritual drink; for they long drank
the water that flowed from the spiritual rock that went with them -
and that rock was the Christ.

010:005 But with most of them God was not well pleased; for they
were laid low in the Desert.

010:006 And in this they became a warning to us, to teach us not to
be eager, as they were eager, in pursuit of what is evil.

010:007 And you must not be worshippers of idols, as some of them were.
For it is written, "The People sat down to eat and drink,
and stood up to dance."

010:008 Nor may we be fornicators, like some of them who committed
fornication and on a single day 23,000 of them fell dead.

010:009 And do not let us test the Lord too far, as some of them tested
Him and were destroyed by the serpents.

010:010 And do not be discontented, as some of them were, and they
were destroyed by the Destroyer.

010:011 All this kept happening to them with a figurative meaning;
but it was put on record by way of admonition to us upon whom
the ends of the Ages have come.

010:012 So then let him who thinks he is standing securely beware of falling.

010:013 No temptation has you in its power but such as is common to
human nature; and God is faithful and will not allow you to be
tempted beyond your strength. But, when the temptation comes,
He will also provide the way of escape; so that you may be
able to bear it.

010:014 Therefore, my dear friends, avoid all connection with the
worship of idols.

010:015 I speak as to men of sense: judge for yourselves of what I say.

010:016 The cup of blessing, which we bless, does it not mean
a joint-participation in the blood of Christ? The loaf of
bread which we break, does it not mean a joint-participation
in the body of Christ?

010:017 Since there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; we, all of us,
share in that one loaf.

010:018 Look at the Israelites - the nation and their ritual.
Are not those who eat the sacrifices joint-partakers
in the altar?

010:019 Do I mean that a thing sacrificed to an idol is what it claims
to be, or that an idol is a real thing?

010:020 No, but that which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice
to demons, not to God; and I would not have you have fellowship
with one another through the demons.

010:021 You cannot drink the Lord's cup and the cup of demons:
you cannot be joint-partakers both in the table of the Lord
and in the table of demons.

010:022 Or are we actually arousing the Lord to jealousy.
Are we stronger than He is?

010:023 Everything is allowable, but not everything is profitable.
Everything is allowable, but everything does not build others up.

010:024 Let no one be for ever seeking his own good, but let each seek
that of his fellow man.

010:025 Anything that is for sale in the meat market, eat, and ask
no questions for conscience' sake;

010:026 for the earth is the Lord's, and all that it contains.

010:027 If an unbeliever gives you an invitation and you are disposed
to accept it, eat whatever is put before you, and ask no
questions for conscience' sake.

010:028 But if any one tells you, "This food has been offered in sacrifice;"
abstain from eating it - out of respect for him who warned you,
and, as before, for conscience' sake.

010:029 But now I mean his conscience, not your own. "Why, on what ground,"
you may object, "is the question of my liberty of action
to be decided by a conscience not my own?

010:030 If, so far as I am concerned, I partake with a grateful heart,
why am I to be found fault with in regard to a thing for
which I give thanks?"

010:031 Whether, then, you are eating or drinking, or whatever you
are doing, let everything be done to the glory of God.

010:032 Do not be causes of stumbling either to Jews or to Gentiles,
nor to the Church of God.

010:033 That is the way that I also seek in everything the approval
of all men, not aiming at my own profit, but at that of the many,
in the hope that they may be saved.

011:001 Be imitators of me, in so far as I in turn am an imitator of Christ.

011:002 Now I commend you for remembering me in everything,
and because you hold fast truths and practices precisely as I
have taught them to you.

011:003 I would have you know, however, that of every man,
Christ is the Head, that of a woman her husband is the Head,
and that God is Christ's Head.

011:004 A man who wears a veil when praying or prophesying dishonors his Head;

011:005 but a woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered
dishonors her Head, for it is exactly the same as if she
had her hair cut short.

011:006 If a woman will not wear a veil, let her also cut off her hair.
But since it is a dishonor to a woman to have her hair cut
off or her head shaved, let her wear a veil.

011:007 For a man ought not to have a veil on his head, since he is
the image and glory of God; while woman is the glory of man.

011:008 Man does not take his origin from woman, but woman takes
hers from man.

011:009 For man was not created for woman's sake, but woman for man's.

011:010 That is why a woman ought to have on her head a symbol
of subjection, because of the angels.

011:011 Yet, in the Lord, woman is not independent of man nor man
independent of woman.

011:012 For just as woman originates from man, so also man comes
into existence through woman, but everything springs
originally from God.

011:013 Judge of this for your own selves: is it seemly for a woman
to pray to God when she is unveiled?

011:014 Does not Nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair
it is a dishonor to him,

011:015 but that if a woman has long hair it is her glory, because her
hair was given her for a covering?

011:016 But if any one is inclined to be contentious on the point,
we have no such custom, nor have the Churches of God.

011:017 But while giving you these instructions, there is one thing
I cannot praise - your meeting together, with bad rather
than good results.

011:018 for, in the first place, when you meet as a Church,
there are divisions among you. This is what I am told,
and I believe that there is some truth in it.

011:019 For there must of necessity be differences of opinion among you,
in order that it may be plainly seen who are the men of sterling
worth among you.

011:020 When, however, you meet in one place, there is no eating
the Supper of the Lord;

011:021 for it is his own supper of which each of you is in a hurry
to partake, and one eats like a hungry man, while another has
already drunk to excess.

011:022 Why, have you no homes in which to eat and drink?
Or do you wish to show your contempt for the Church
of God and make those who have no homes feel ashamed?
What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this matter
I certainly do not praise you.

011:023 For it was from the Lord that I received the facts which,
in turn, I handed on to you; how that the Lord Jesus,
on the night He was to be betrayed, took some bread,

011:024 and after giving thanks He broke it and said, "This is my body
which is about to be broken for you. Do this in memory of me."

011:025 In the same way, when the meal was over, He also took the cup.
"This cup," He said, "is the new Covenant of which my blood
is the pledge. Do this, every time that you drink it,
in memory of me."

011:026 For every time that you eat this bread and drink from the cup,
you are proclaiming the Lord's death - until He returns.

011:027 Whoever, therefore, in an unworthy manner, eats the bread
or drinks from the cup of the Lord sins against the body
and blood of the Lord.

011:028 But let a man examine himself, and, having done that,
then let him eat the bread and drink from the cup.

011:029 For any one who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgement
to himself, if he fails to estimate the body aright.

011:030 That is why many among you are sickly and out of health,
and why not a few die.

011:031 If, however, we estimated ourselves aright, we should
not be judged.

011:032 But when we are judged by the Lord, chastisement follows,
to save us from being condemned along with the world.

011:033 Therefore, brethren, when you come together for this meal,
wait for one another.

011:034 If any one is hungry, let him eat at home; so that your coming
together may not lead to judgement. The other matters I
will deal with whenever I come.

012:001 It is important, brethren, that you should have clear knowledge
on the subject of spiritual gifts.

012:002 You know that when you were heathens you went astray after
dumb idols, wherever you happened to be led.

012:003 For this reason I would have you understand that no one
speaking under the influence of The Spirit of God ever says,
"Jesus is accursed," and that no one is able to say, "Jesus is Lord,"
except under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

012:004 Now there are various kinds of gifts, but there is one and
the same Spirit;

012:005 various forms of official service, and yet one and the same Lord;

012:006 diversities in work, and yet one and the same God - He who in
each person brings about the whole result.

012:007 But to each of us a manifestation of the Spirit has been
granted for the common good.

012:008 To one the utterance of wisdom has been granted through the Spirit;
to another the utterance of knowledge in accordance with
the will of the same Spirit;

012:009 to a third man, by means of the same Spirit, special faith;
to another various gifts of healing, by means of the one Spirit;

012:010 to another the exercise of miraculous powers; to another
the gift of prophecy; to another the power of discriminating
between prophetic utterances; to another varieties of the gift
of `tongues;' to another the interpretation of tongues.

012:011 But these results are all brought about by one and the same Spirit,
who bestows His gifts upon each of us in accordance with
His own will.

012:012 For just as the human body is one and yet has many parts,
and all its parts, many as they are, constitute but one body,
so it is with the Church of Christ.

012:013 For, in fact, in one Spirit all of us - whether we are Jews
or Gentiles, slaves or free men - were baptized to form but one body;
and we were all nourished by that one Spirit.

012:014 For the human body does not consist of one part, but of many.

012:015 Were the foot to say, "Because I am not a hand I am not a part
of the body," that would not make it any the less a part
of the body.

012:016 Or were the ear to say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not
a part of the body," that would not make it any the less
a part of the body.

012:017 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?
If the whole body were an ear, where would the nostrils be?

012:018 But, as a matter of fact, God has arranged the parts in the body -
every one of them - as He has seen fit.

012:019 If they were all one part, where would the body be?

012:020 But, as a matter of fact, there are many parts and but one body.

012:021 It is also impossible for the eye to say to the hand,
"I do not need you;" or again for the head to say to the feet,
"I do not need you."

012:022 No, it is quite otherwise. Even those parts of the body
which are apparently somewhat feeble are yet indispensable;

012:023 and those which we deem less honorable we clothe with more
abundant honor; and so our ungraceful parts come to have
a more abundant grace, while our graceful parts have
everything they need.

012:024 But it was God who built up the body, and bestowed more abundant
honor on the part that felt the need,

012:025 that there might be no disunion in the body, but that all
the members might entertain the same anxious care for
one another's welfare.

012:026 And if one part is suffering, every other part suffers with it;
or if one part is receiving special honor, every other part
shares in the joy.

012:027 As for you, you are the body of Christ, and individually you
are members of it.

012:028 And by God's appointment there are in the Church -
first Apostles, secondly Prophets, thirdly teachers.
Then come miraculous powers, and then ability to cure
diseases or render loving service, or powers of organization,
or varieties of the gift of `tongues.'

012:029 Are all Apostles? Are all Prophets? Are all teachers?

012:030 Have all miraculous powers? Have all ability to cure diseases?
Do all speak in `tongues'? Do all interpret?

012:031 But always seek to excel in the greater gifts. And now I will
point out to you a way of life which transcends all others.

013:001 If I can speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but am
destitute of Love, I have but become a loud-sounding trumpet
or a clanging cymbal.

013:002 If I possess the gift of prophecy and am versed in all mysteries
and all knowledge, and have such absolute faith that I can
remove mountains, but am destitute of Love, I am nothing.

013:003 And if I distribute all my possessions to the poor,
and give up my body to be burned, but am destitute of Love,
it profits me nothing.

013:004 Love is patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy.
Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited.

013:005 She does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to aggrandize herself,
nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs.

013:006 She finds no pleasure in injustice done to others, but joyfully
sides with the truth.

013:007 She knows how to be silent. She is full of trust, full of hope,


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