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1 Corinthians 10:33

    1 Corinthians 10:33 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Even as I give way to all men in all things, not looking for profit for myself, but for the good of others, that they may get salvation.

    Webster's Revision

    even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.

    World English Bible

    even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:33

    Even as I please all men - Act as I:do: forgetting myself, my own interests, convenience, ease, and comfort, I labor for the welfare of others; and particularly that they may be saved. How blessed and amiable was the spirit and conduct of this holy man!

    This chapter has already presented the serious reader with a variety of maxims for his regulation. -

    1. As to his own private walk;

    2. His domestic duties; and

    3. His connection with the Church of God.

    Let us review some of the principal parts.

    1. We should be on our guard against what are called little sins, and all occasions and excitements to sin. Take heed what company you frequent. One thing, apparently harmless, may lead by almost imperceptible links to sins of the deepest dye. See the example in this chapter:

    1. The people sat down to eat and to drink.

    2. They rose up to play, dance, and sing: and

    3. They committed fornication, and brought upon themselves swift destruction.

    2. However conscious we may be of our own sincerity and uprightness, we should ever distrust ourselves. God has made nothing independent of himself; the soul has no principle of self-dependence either in itself or its attainments: it is wise, powerful, and happy, only while it is depending on infinite wisdom, unlimited power, and endless mercy.

    3. The Gentiles were in communion with demons by their idolatrous services. In what communion are those who feed themselves without fear, who eat with the glutton and drink with the drunkard? So they partake of the Lord Jesus who are under the influence of pride, self-will, hatred, censoriousness, etc., and who carry their self-importance and worldly spirit even into the house and worship of God?

    4. A spirit of curiosity too much indulged may, in an irreligious man, lead to covetousness and theft: in a godly man, to a troublesome and unscriptural scrupulosity of conscience, productive of nothing but uneasiness to itself, and disturbance to others. Simplicity of heart saves from this, and is an excellent gift.

    5. In many actions we have a twofold rule - the testimony of God and charity: and in many things charity is the best interpreter of the testimony. The testimony often permits what charity forbids, because circumstances in time, place, etc., may render a thing improper on one occasion that might be proper on another.

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    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:33

    Even as I ... - Paul here proposes his own example as their guide. The example which he refers to is that which he had exhibited as described in this and the preceding chapters. His main object had been to please all people; that is, not to alarm their prejudices, or needlessly to excite their opposition (see the note at 1 Corinthians 9:19-23), while he made known to them the truth, and sought their salvation - It is well when a minister can without ostentation appeal to his own example, and urge others to a life of self-denial and holiness, by his own manner of living, and by what he is himself in his daily walk and conversation.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:33

    10:33 Even as I, as much as lieth in me, please all men.