1 aAm I not an apostle? am I not free? have bI not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for cthe seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
4 dHave we not power to eat and to drink?
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as ethe brethren of the Lord, and fCephas?
6 Or I only and Barnabas, ghave not we power to forbear working?
7 Who jgoeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who iplanteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who hfeedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, kThou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that lhe that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 mIf we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? nNevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 oDo ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so phath the Lord ordained qthat they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, ra dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have sI made myself servant unto all, tthat I might gain the more. 20 And uunto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 wTo them that are without law, as without law, v(being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 xTo the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? ySo run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that zstriveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we aan incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, bnot as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be ca castaway.
|1||a||1 Tim 2:7|
|2||c||2 Cor 3:2|
|4||d||2 The 3:9|
|7||h||1 Pet 5:2|
|j||2 Cor 10:4|
|10||l||2 Tim 2:6|
|12||n||2 Cor 11:7|
|1 Tim 5:17|
|1 Pet 3:1|
|1 Cor 7:22|
|25||z||1 Tim 6:12|
|26||b||2 Cor 5:1|