1Do we not have the right to eat and drink?
2Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and 3the brothers of the Lord and 4Cephas?
Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?
5Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? 6Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?
Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same?
For it is written in the Law of Moses, 7"You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned?
Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written 8for our sake, because 9the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.
10If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, 11we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything 12rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
Do you not know that 13those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?
In the same way, the Lord commanded that 14those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
But 15I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone 16deprive me of my ground for boasting.
For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For 17necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with 18a stewardship.
What then is my reward? That in my preaching 19I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.