For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain."a1 Is it about oxen that God is concerned?210
Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us,3 because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.411
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?512
If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right.6 On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder7 the gospel of Christ.
Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?814
In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.915
But I have not used any of these rights.10 And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me. I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of this boast.1116
Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach.12 Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;13 if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.1418
What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge,15 and so not make use of my rights16 in preaching it.
Though I am free17 and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone,18 to win as many as possible.19