1Am I not 1free? Am I not an 2apostle? Have I not 3seenJesus our Lord? Are you not 4my work in the Lord?
2If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the 5seal of my 6apostleship in the Lord.
My defense to those who examine me is this:
4a7Do we not have a right to eat and drink?
5b8Do we not have a right to takealong a cbelievingwife, even as the rest of the apostles and the 9brothers of the Lord and 10Cephas?
6Or do onlyd11Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?
7Who at anytimeserves12as a soldier at his ownexpense? Who13plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Orwhotends a flock and does not euse the milk of the flock?
I am not speakingthesethings14according to fhumanjudgment, am I? Or does not the Lawalsosaythesethings?
For it is written in the Law of Moses, "15YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING." God is not concerned about 16oxen, is He?
10Or is He speakingaltogether for our sake? Yes, 17for our sake it was written, because18the plowmanought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.
1119If we sowedspiritualthings in you, is it toomuchif we reapmaterialthings from you?
12Ifothersshare the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we 20did not usethisright, but we endureallthings21so that we will causenohindrance to the 22gospel of Christ.
1323Do you not know that those who 24performsacredserviceseat the food of the temple, and those who attendregularly to the altarhave their sharegfrom the altar?
14Soalso25the Lorddirectedthose who proclaim the 26gospel to 27get their living from the gospel.
But I have 28usednone of thesethings. And I am not writingthesethingsso that it will be doneso in my case; for it would be better for me to diethan have any man make29my boast an empty one.
For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for 30I amundercompulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach31the gospel.
For if I dothisvoluntarily, I have a 32reward; but ifagainst my will, I have a 33stewardshipentrusted to me.
18Whatthen is my 34reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel35withoutcharge, so as 36not to makefulluse of my right in the gospel.
For though I am37free from all men, I have mademyself38a slave to all, so that I may 39winmore.
2040To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might winJews; to thosewho are underhthe Law, as underithe Law though 41not beingmyselfunderjthe Law, so that I might winthosewho are underkthe Law;
to those who are 42withoutlaw, 43as withoutlaw, though not beingwithout the law of God but 44under the law of Christ, so that I might winthose who are withoutlaw.
To the 45weak I becameweak, that I might win the weak; I have become46allthings to allmen, 47so that I may by allmeanssavesome.
I doallthings for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellowpartaker of it.