1 Corinthians 9:1–15

A Pattern of Self-Denial

9 Am aI not an apostle? Am I not free? bHave I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? cAre you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are dthe 1seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

My defense to those who examine me is this: eDo we have no 2right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along 3a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, fthe brothers of the Lord, and gCephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I hwho have no right to refrain from working? Who ever igoes to war at his own expense? Who jplants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who ktends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?

Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, l“You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that mhe who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 nIf we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?

oNevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things plest we hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 qDo you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the rtemple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? 14 Even so sthe Lord has commanded tthat those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

15 But uI have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for vit would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.

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