1 Corinthians 9:1-9 NIV

Paul’s Rights as an Apostle

1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?

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      2 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.

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      3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me.
      4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink?

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      5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephasa ?

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          6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who lack the right to not work for a living?

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          7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk?

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          8 Do I say this merely on human authority? 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.”b Is it about oxen that God is concerned?

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