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9:1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Haven`t I seen Jesus Christ, our Lord? Aren`t you my work in the Lord?
9:2 If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
9:3 My defense to those who examine me is this.
9:4 Have we no right to eat and to drink?
9:6 Or have only Barnabas and I no right to not work?
9:11 If we sowed to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we reap your fleshly things?
9:13 Don`t you know that those who serve around sacred things eat from the things of the temple, and those who wait on the altar have their portion with the altar?
9:15 But I have used none of these things, and I don`t write these things that it may be done so in my case; for I would rather die, than that anyone should make my boasting void.
9:17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.
9:19 For though I was free from all, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more.
9:22 To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.
9:23 Now I do this for the gospel`s sake, that I may be a joint partaker of it.
9:24 Don`t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win.
9:25 Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.
9:26 I therefore run like that, as not uncertainly. I fight like that, as not beating the air,