Paul's Use of Liberty

2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least * I am to you; for you are the 5seal of my 6apostleship in the Lord.

References for 1 Corinthians 9:2

3 My defense to those who examine me is this:
4 7Do we not have a right to eat and drink?

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    • a 9:4 - Lit "It is not that we have no right to eat and drink, is it?"
      5 8Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the 9brothers of the Lord and 10Cephas?

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        • b 9:5 - Lit "It is not that we have no right to take along...Cephas, is it?"
        • c 9:5 - Lit "sister, as wife"
          6 Or do only 11Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?

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            • d 9:6 - Lit "I and Barnabas"
              7 Who at any time serves 12as a soldier at his own expense? Who 13plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?
              8 I am not speaking these things 14according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?

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              9 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?

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              10 Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, 17for our sake it was written, because 18the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.

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              11 19If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

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              13 23Do you not know that those who 24perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?
              15 But I have 28used none of these things. And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better * for me to die than have any man make 29my boast an empty one.

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              16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for 30I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach 31the gospel.