1 Corinthians 9:2
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.

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.

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

New American 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.

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
If I am not [considered] an apostle to others, at least I am one to you; for you are the seal and the certificate and the living evidence of my apostleship in the Lord [confirming and authenticating it].

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

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
Others may think that I am not an apostle, but you are proof that I am an apostle to you.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
Even if others do not accept me as an apostle, surely you do! Because of your life in union with the Lord you yourselves are proof of the fact that I am an apostle.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
If I am not an apostle to others—yet doubtless I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 take up 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.

for.

John 6:27
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

2 Corinthians 3:1-3
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? …

2 Corinthians 12:12
Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Even if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

I am
εἰμὶ (eimi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

an apostle
ἀπόστολος (apostolos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 652: From apostello; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ.

to others,
ἄλλοις (allois)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 243: Other, another (of more than two), different. A primary word; 'else, ' i.e. Different.

surely
γε (ge)
Particle
Strong's 1065: A primary particle of emphasis or qualification.

I am
εἰμι (eimi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

to you.
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

seal
σφραγίς (sphragis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4973: Probably strengthened from phrasso; a signet; by implication, the stamp impressed, literally or figuratively.

of my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

apostleship
ἀποστολῆς (apostolēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 651: Commission, duty of apostle, apostleship. From apostello; commission, i.e. apostolate.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] Lord.
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.


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