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?