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1 Corinthians 9:1-9 (New International Version)

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The Rights of an Apostle

1 Am I not free?1 Am I not an apostle?2 Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?3 Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?4 2 Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal5 of my apostleship in the Lord. 3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. 4 Don't we have the right to food and drink?6 5 Don't we have the right to take a believing wife7 along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers8 and Cephasa ?9 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas10 who must work for a living? 7 Who serves as a soldier11 at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard12 and does not eat of its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk? 8 Do I say this merely from a human point of view? Doesn't the Law say the same thing? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain."b13 Is it about oxen that God is concerned?14
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