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The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Ministerial pliancy and adaptation. In great natures we sometimes meet with a remarkable combination of firmness and yielding. To do a great work in this world, a man needs a powerful will, a resolution not easily moved, at the same time that he displays a flexibility of disposition, and a readiness to adapt himself to different characters and to changing circumstances. Without the determination which approaches obstinacy, he will not keep the one aim before him; without the pliancy needed... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

The principle of accommodation. Paul's resolve to preach the gospel without charge was but one instance of the general rule which guided his life. Though under obligation to none, he yet became the servant of all—"all things to all men." He accommodated himself to the Jews ( 1 Corinthians 9:20 ), as when he circumcised Timothy ( Acts 16:3 ) and purified himself in the temple ( Acts 21:26 ). He accommodated himself to the Gentiles ( 1 Corinthians 9:21 ), by refusing to impose the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:20-21

Under the Law and without Law, both to be one for Christ. The apostle is illustrating what we may call the "Christian law of accommodation," and is urging There can be no accommodation of Christian principle and truth. The sphere for it is I. MEN ARE CLASSED BY THEIR RELATIONS TO LAW . The term "law" may be applied to: 1. The natural conditions under which God has created us and set us. These are known, more or less distinctly, to every man. 2. Particular... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:21

To them that are without law, as without law. In other words, I so far became to the heathen as a heathen ( Romans 2:12 ), that I never wilfully insulted their beliefs ( Acts 19:1-41 :87) nor shocked their prejudices, but on the contrary, judged them with perfect forbearance ( Acts 17:30 ) and treated them with invariable courtesy. St, Paul tried to look at every subject, so far as he could do so innocently, from 'their point of view ( Acts 17:1-34 .). He defended their gospel... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Corinthians 9:21

To them that are without law - To the Gentiles, who have not the law of Moses; see the note at Romans 2:12, note at Romans 2:14.As without law - Not practicing the special rites and ceremonies enjoined in the law of Moses. Not insisting on them, or urging them, but showing that the obligation to those rites had been done away; and that they were not binding, though when among the Jews I might still continue to observe them; see the notes at Acts 15:0; and the argument of Paul in Galatians... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Corinthians 9:20-23

1 Corinthians 9:20-23. To the Jews I became as a Jew Conforming myself in all things to their manner of living, so far as I could with innocence. And, inasmuch as in the preceding chapter the apostle directed the Corinthians to comply with the prejudices of their weak brethren, in the affair of meats sacrificed to idols, and declared his own resolution, that if his eating meat occasioned others to sin, he would not eat flesh while he lived; it is therefore probable that his becoming to the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

Paul’s example (9:1-23)The principle Paul has been teaching in the previous chapter is that no matter what rights Christians may have, they should be willing to sacrifice those rights for the sake of others. He now demonstrates that principle with a number of personal examples.Paul has the same rights as others, and in fact more, since he is an apostle. But he does not always exercise his rights. Some people have misunderstood this and think that he is not an apostle at all. Paul points out... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Corinthians 9:21

without law . Greek. anomos. App-128 . Here used in the sense of Romans 2:12 , Romans 2:14 . under the law . Greek. ennomos. See Acts 19:39 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 Corinthians 9:21

To them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law.This was the limitation which was never waived or relaxed. Whatever adaptation marked Paul's conduct, it never involved disobeying the word of the Lord, or violating his allegiance to the law of Christ. read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 1 Corinthians 9:21

1 Corinthians 9:21. That I might gain them that are without law— This refers to the Gentiles not yet converted to Christianity. read more

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