Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, (A)“You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written (B)for our sake, because (C)the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. 11 (D)If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?

Nevertheless, (E)we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything (F)rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that (G)those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that (H)those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

15 But (I)I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone (J)deprive me of my ground for boasting.

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