1 Corinthians 9:2
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New International Version
Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

New Living Translation
Even if others think I am not an apostle, I certainly am to you. You yourselves are proof that I am the Lord's apostle.

English Standard Version
If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Even if I am not an apostle to others, surely I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
If I am not an apostle to others, yet at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

King James Bible
If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

International Standard Version
If I am not an apostle to other people, surely I am one to you, for you are the evidence of my apostolic authority from the Lord.

NET Bible
If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the confirming sign of my apostleship in the Lord.

New Heart English Bible
If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my office of apostle in the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if, on one hand, I have not been an Apostle to others, on the other hand I am to you, and you are the seal of my Apostleship.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I'm not an apostle to other people, at least I'm an apostle to you. You are the seal which proves that I am the Lord's apostle.

New American Standard 1977
If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I am not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of my apostleship are you in the Lord.

American King James Version
If I be not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of my apostleship are you in the Lord.

American Standard Version
If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if unto others I be not an apostle, but yet to you I am. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
If I am not an apostle to others, yet at any rate I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in [the] Lord.

English Revised Version
If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for ye are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
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.

World English Bible
If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
if to others I am not an apostle -- yet doubtless to you I am; for the seal of my apostleship are ye in the Lord.
Study Bible
The Rights of an Apostle
1Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you yourselves not my workmanship in the Lord? 2Even if I am not an apostle to others, surely I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 3This is my defense to those who scrutinize me:…
Cross References
John 3:33
Whoever accepts His testimony has certified that God is truthful.

Acts 1:25
to assume this ministry and apostleship, which Judas abandoned to go to his rightful place."

1 Corinthians 9:3
This is my defense to those who scrutinize me:

2 Corinthians 3:2
You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone.
Treasury of Scripture

If I be not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of my apostleship are you in the Lord.

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John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

2 Corinthians 3:1-3 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, …

2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, …

(2) If I be not an apostle unto others.--The allusion here is probably to some who may have arrived at Corinth subsequent to St. Paul's departure, and who, not recognising his Apostleship in relation to themselves, stirred up some of the Corinthians to repudiate it also. So the Apostle says, "Even if I am not an Apostle to these others, I am, at all events, to you; for you are yourselves the very proof and witness--the seal affixed to my appointment to the Apostolate." The repetition of the words "in the Lord" in both these verses expresses the strong conviction, which is characteristic of the Apostle, that the source of all power and of all success is Christ Himself.

Verse 2. - Unto others. If the emissaries from Jerusalem or the Petrine party do not choose to regard me as their apostle or an apostle at all, yet at any rate I am yours. Doubtless; rather, at least, at any rate. The seal of mine apostleship. Your conversion attests the genuineness of my claim, as a seal attests a document. Thus baptism is the seal of conversion (Ephesians 4:30; comp. Romans 4:11; John 3:33). If I be not an apostle unto others,.... This is said by way of supposition, not concession; for he was an apostle to many others; he was an apostle of the Gentiles in general; as the apostleship of the circumcision belonged to Peter, that of the uncircumcision fell to his share: but however, as if he should say, be that as it will,

yet doubtless I am to you; all the signs of apostleship were wrought among them; not only the grace of God was implanted in them under his ministry, but the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit were received by them through it; and many signs, wonders, and mighty deeds, were done in the midst of them by him: see 2 Corinthians 12:12 which were sufficient to put the matter quite out of doubt with them:

for the seal of mine apostleship, are ye in the Lord; alluding to the sealing of deeds and writings, which render them authentic; or to the sealing of letters, confirming the truth of what is therein expressed; and the sense is, that their being converted persons, and so openly in the Lord, in union with him; or being made new creatures by the power of his grace, through his preaching, was an authentic proof of his apostleship, and served him instead of a letter testimonial and recommendatory; see 2 Corinthians 3:1. Some copies read, "the seal of my epistle", and so the Ethiopic version. 2. yet doubtless—yet at least I am such to you.

seal of mine apostleship—Your conversion by my preaching, accompanied with miracles ("the signs of an apostle," Ro 15:18, 19; 2Co 12:12), and your gifts conferred by me (1Co 1:7), vouch for the reality of my apostleship, just as a seal set to a document attests its genuineness (Joh 3:33; Ro 4:11).9:1-14 It is not new for a minister to meet with unkind returns for good-will to a people, and diligent and successful services among them. To the cavils of some, the apostle answers, so as to set forth himself as an example of self-denial, for the good of others. He had a right to marry as well as other apostles, and to claim what was needful for his wife, and his children if he had any, from the churches, without labouring with his own hands to get it. Those who seek to do our souls good, should have food provided for them. But he renounced his right, rather than hinder his success by claiming it. It is the people's duty to maintain their minister. He may wave his right, as Paul did; but those transgress a precept of Christ, who deny or withhold due support.
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