Or do only [a](A)Barnabas and I have no right to refrain from [b]working? Who at any time serves (B)as a soldier at his own expense? Who (C)plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not [c]consume some of the milk of the flock?

I am not just asserting these things (D)according to human judgment, am I? Or does the Law not say these things as well? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “(E)You shall not muzzle the ox while it is threshing.” God is not concerned about (F)oxen, is He? 10 Or is He speaking entirely for our sake? Yes, it was written (G)for our sake, because (H)the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing in the crops. 11 (I)If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we (J)did not use this right, but we endure all things (K)so that we will cause no hindrance to the (L)gospel of Christ. 13 (M)Do you not know that those who (N)perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share [d]from the altar? 14 So also (O)the Lord directed those who proclaim the (P)gospel to (Q)get their living from the gospel.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 9:6 Lit I and Barnabas
  2. 1 Corinthians 9:6 I.e., to support themselves
  3. 1 Corinthians 9:7 Lit eat from
  4. 1 Corinthians 9:13 Lit with