Korintim Alef 9 – איגרת שאול הראשונה אל הקורינתים ט

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1Am I not a free man? Am I not a Shali’akh? Have I not seen Yeshua HaMashi’akh Adoneinu? Are you not my work in Adonai?  2If I am not a Shali’akh to others, yet to you I am; for you are the seal of my Office of Shali’akh.

3So my answer to those who criticize me is this: 4Have we not the right to eat and to drink?  5And have we not the right to travel with a sister as a wife, just as the rest of the Shlikhim do, and as the brothers of Adoneinu, and as Kefa?  6I and Bar-Naba, have not we the right to live without working?  7What officer commands an army at his own expense? Or who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruits? Or who feeds sheep, and does not eat of the produce of his flock?  8I say these things as a man. Behold, the Torah says them also.  9For it is written in the Torah of Moshe, “You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the wheat.”  Why? Is Elohim concerned only for the ox?  10No. It is known that He said it for our sakes, and it was written for our sakes, because the plowman must plow in hope, and he who threshes, threshes in hope of the crop.  11Now if we have sown among you spiritual things, is it too much that we should reap material things from you?  12If others have this authority over you, have we not the greater right?  Nevertheless we have not used this authority; but we have endured all things so that we would not hinder  B’soraht HaMashi’akh.

13Do you not know that those who work in Beit HaKodesh are maintained out of Beit HaKodesh? And those who minister at the Mizbe’akh share the offerings with the Mizbe’akh?  14Even so has Adoneinu commanded that those who declare His B’sorah should live by His B’sorah.

15But I have used none of these privileges; neither have I written these things that it should be so done to me; for it would be better for me to die, than that any man should declare my pride is in vain.  16For though I declare HaB’sorah, I have nothing to glory of; for I am under obligation; yes, woe to me if I declare not HaB’sorah!  17For if I do this thing willingly, I have my reward; but if against my will, it is like a stewardship entrusted to me.  18What then is my wage? This is it: when I declare Besoraht HaMashi’akh, I do it without thought of recompense, and I have not abused the power given to me in HaB’sorah.

19Because I am free from all these things, I have served all men that I may gain many.  20So with the Yehudim I became as a Yehudi, that I might win the Yehudim; and with those who are under the Torah, I became as one who is under the Torah, that I might win those who are under the Torah.  21To those who are without Torah, I became like one who is without Torah, though I am not without Torah before Elohim, because I am within the Torah of Mashi’akh, that I might win them who are without Torah.  22With the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I became everything to every man, that I might by all means save everyone.  23And this I do for the sake of HaB’sorah, that I might be a partaker of it.

24Do you not know that the runners in a race all run, but only one is victorious?  So you must run that you may obtain victory.  25And every man who battles in the contest frees his mind from everything else. And yet they run to win a crown which is perishable; but we to win one which is everlasting.  26I, therefore, so run, not for something that is uncertain; and I so fight, not as one who beats the air. 27But, I conquer and subdue my body so that, by no chance, when I have declared to others, will I despise myself.

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