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9:1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord?
9:2 If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
9:3 My defence to them that examine me is this.
9:4 Have we no right to eat and to drink?
9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?
9:11 If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things?
9:13 Know ye not that they that minister about sacred things eat [of] the things of the temple, [and] they that wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar?
9:15 But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things that it may be so done in my case; for [it were] good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my glorifying void.
9:17 For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.
9:19 For though I was free from all [men,] I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more.
9:22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.
9:23 And I do all things for the gospel`s sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof.
9:24 Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.
9:25 And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
9:26 I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air: