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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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CHAPTER 9 References

1 aActs 9:15
b1 Cor. 15:8
c1 Cor. 3:6;
2 a2 Cor. 12:12
4 a[1 Thess.
2:6, 9] 1authority
5 aMatt. 13:55
bMatt. 8:14
1Lit. a sister,
a wife
6 aActs 4:36
7 a2 Cor. 10:4
bDeut. 20:6
cJohn 21:15

A Pattern of Self-Denial


1 Am aI not an apostle? Am I not free? bHave I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? cAre you not my work in the Lord?
2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are athe 1seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3 My defense to those who examine me is this:
4 aDo we have no 1right to eat and drink?
5 Do we have no right to take along 1a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, athe brothers of the Lord, and bCephas?
6 Or is it only Barnabas and I awho have no right to refrain from working?
7 Who ever agoes to war at his own expense? Who bplants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who ctends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?
8 Do I say these things as a mere

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man? Or does not the law say the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, a“You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about?
10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that ahe who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 aIf we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? aNevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things blest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 aDo you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the btemple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
14 Even so athe Lord has commanded bthat those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
15 But aI have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for bit would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.
16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for anecessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
17 For if I do this willingly, aI have a reward; but if against my will, bI have been entrusted with a stewardship.
18 What is my reward then? That awhen I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel 1of Christ without charge, that I bmay not abuse my authority in the gospel.

Serving All Men

19 For though I am afree from all men, bI have made myself a servant to all, cthat I might win the more;
20 and ato the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the 1law, that I might win those who are under the law;
21 ato bthose who are without law, as without law c(not being without 1law toward God, but under 2law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
22 ato the weak I became 1as weak, that I might win the weak. bI have become all things to all men, cthat I might by all means save some.
23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

Striving for a Crown

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives

9 aDeut. 25:4
10 a2 Tim. 2:6
11 aRom. 15:27
12 a[Acts 18:3;
20:33] b2 Cor.
13 aLev. 6:16,
26; 7:6, 31
bNum. 18:8–31
14 aMatt. 10:10
bRom. 10:15
15 aActs 18:3;
20:33 b2 Cor.
16 a[Rom.
1:14] 17 a1 Cor. 3:8,
14; 9:18 bGal.
18 a1 Cor.
10:33 b1 Cor.
7:31; 9:12 1NU
omits of
19 a1 Cor. 9:1
bGal. 5:13
cMatt. 18:15
20 aActs 16:3;
21:23–26 1NU
adds though
not being
myself under
the law
21 a[Gal. 2:3;
3:2] b[Rom.
2:12, 14] c[1 Cor. 7:22] 1NU God’s
law 2NU
Christ’s law
22 aRom. 14:1;
15:1 b1 Cor.
10:33 cRom.
11:14 1NU
omits as
24 aGal. 2:2
25 aJames 1:12
26 a2 Tim. 2:5
27 a[Rom.
8:13] b[Rom.
6:18] cJer. 6:30

CHAPTER 10 References

1 aEx. 13:21,
22 bEx. 14:21,
22, 29
3 aEx. 16:4, 15,
4 aEx. 17:5–7
5 aNum. 14:29,
37; 26:65
6 aNum. 11:4,
7 a1 Cor. 5:11;
10:14 bEx.
8 aRev. 2:14
bNum. 25:1–9
cPs. 106:29
9 aEx. 17:2, 7
bNum. 21:6–9
10 aEx. 16:2
bNum. 14:37
cEx. 12:23
11 aRom. 15:4
bPhil. 4:5 1NU
omits all

the prize? aRun in such a way that you may 1obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize 1is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for aan imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: anot with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 aBut I discipline my body and bbring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become cdisqualified.

Old Testament Examples


1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under athe cloud, all passed through bthe sea,
2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
3 all ate the same aspiritual food,
4 and all drank the same aspiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies awere scattered in the wilderness.
6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as athey also lusted.
7 aAnd do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, b“The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
8 aNor let us commit sexual immorality, as bsome of them did, and cin one day twenty-three thousand fell;
9 nor let us 1tempt Christ, as asome of them also tempted, and bwere destroyed by serpents;
10 nor complain, as asome of them also complained, and bwere destroyed by cthe destroyer.
11 Now 1all these things happened to them as examples, and athey were written for our 2admonition, bupon whom the ends of the ages have come.
12 Therefore alet him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but aGod is faithful, bwho will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to 1bear it.

Flee from Idolatry

14 Therefore, my beloved, aflee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to awise men; judge for yourselves what I say.

12 aRom. 11:20 13 a1 Cor. 1:9 bPs. 125:3 1endure 14 a2 Cor. 6:17 15 a1 Cor. 8:1

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16 aThe cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the 1communion of the blood of Christ? bThe bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For awe, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
18 Observe aIsrael bafter the flesh: cAre not those who eat of the sacrifices 1partakers of the altar?
19 What am I saying then? aThat an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?
20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles asacrifice bthey sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
21 aYou cannot drink the cup of the Lord and bthe cup of demons; you cannot partake of the cLord’s table and of the table of demons.
22 Or do we aprovoke the Lord to jealousy? bAre we stronger than He?

All to the Glory of God

23 All things are lawful 1for me, but not all things are ahelpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things 2edify.
24 Let no one seek his own, but each one athe other’s well-being.
25 aEat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake;
26 for a“the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.”
27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, aeat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake.
28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it afor the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; 1for b“the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.”
29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For awhy is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?
30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food aover which I give thanks?
31 aTherefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
32 aGive no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,
33 just aas I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

16 aMatt.
bActs 2:42
1fellowship or
17 a1 Cor.
12:12, 27
18 aRom. 4:12
bRom. 4:1
cLev. 3:3; 7:6,
14 1fellowshippers
19 a1 Cor. 8:4
20 aLev. 17:7
bDeut. 32:17
21 a2 Cor. 6:15,
16 bDeut.
32:38 c[1 Cor.
11:23–29] 22 aDeut.
32:21 bEzek.
23 a1 Cor. 6:12
1NU omits for
me 2build up
24 aPhil. 2:4
25 a[1 Tim. 4:4] 26 aPs. 24:1
27 aLuke
10:7, 8
28 a[1 Cor. 8:7,
10, 12] bPs.
24:1 1NU
omits the rest
of v. 28.
29 aRom. 14:16
30 aRom. 14:6
31 aCol. 3:17
32 aRom. 14:13
33 aRom. 15:2

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A Song of God’s Majesty and Love

aA Praise of David.

1 I WILL 1extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 aGreat is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And bHis greatness is 1unsearchable.

4 aOne generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 1I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And 2on Your wondrous works.
6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness.
7 They shall 1utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness.

8 aThe LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 aThe LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

10 aAll Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You.

PSALM 145 References

title aPs. 100:title
1 1praise
3 a[Ps. 147:5] b[Rom. 11:33] 1Beyond our
4 aIs. 38:19
5 1So with
MT, Tg.; DSS,
LXX, Syr.,Vg.
They 2Lit. on
the words of
Your wondrous
7 1eagerly
utter, lit. bubble
8 a[Num.
14:18] 9 aNah. 1:7
10 aPs. 19:1
13 a[1 Tim.
1:17] 1So with
MT, Tg.; DSS,
LXX, Syr.,Vg.
add The LORD
is faithful in
all His words,
and holy in all
His works
14 aPs. 146:8
15 aPs. 104:27
bPs. 136:25
16 aPs. 104:21,
18 a[Deut. 4:7] b[John 4:24] 20 a[Ps. 31:23]

11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power,
12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
13 aYour kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all 1generations.

14 The LORD upholds all who fall, And araises up all who are bowed down.
15 aThe eyes of all look expectantly to You, And bYou give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand aAnd satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
18 aThe LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him bin truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 aThe LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.




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