9:7Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
9:8Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9:9For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
9:10Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
9:11If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
9:12If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
9:13Do 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?
9:14Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
9:15But 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.
9:16For 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!
9:17For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
9:18What 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.
9:19For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
9:20And unto 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;
9:21To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
9:22To 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.
9:23And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.