- Am I not an Apostle?
am I not free?
haue I not seene Iesus Christe our Lord: Are ye not my worke in the Lorde?
- If I be not an Apostle vnto other, yet doubtlesse am I vnto you: For the seale of myne Apostleship are ye in the Lorde.
- Myne aunswere to them that aske me, is this,
- Haue we not power to eate and to drinke?
- Haue we not power to leade about a sister a woman as well as other Apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
- Either only I and Barnabas haue not power this to do?
- Who goeth a warfare any time at his owne cost?
Who planteth a vineyarde, and eateth not of the fruite therof?
Or who feedeth a flocke, and eateth not of the milke of the flocke?
- Say I these thinges after the maner of men?
or saith not the law the same also?
- For it is written in the law of Moyses: Thou shalt not moosell the mouth of the Oxe that treadeth out the corne.
Doth God take care for Oxen?
- Either sayth he it not altogether for our sakes?
For our sakes no doubt this is written, that he which eareth, should eare in hope: & that he which tressheth in hope, should be partaker of his hope.
- If we haue sowen vnto you spirituall thinges, is it a great thing if we reape your carnall thinges?
- If others be partakers of [this] power [wherfore are] not we rather?
Neuerthelesse, we haue not vsed this power: but suffer all thinges, lest we shoulde hinder the Gospel of Christ.
- Do ye not knowe that they which minister about holy thynges, eate of the thinges of the temple?
And they whiche wayte at the aulter, are partakers with the aulter?
- Euen so hath the Lord ordayned, that they which preache the Gospell, shoulde lyue of the Gospell.
- But I haue vsed none of these thinges.
Neuerthelesse, I wrote not these thinges, that it shoulde be so done vnto me: For it were better for me to die, then that any man should make my reioycing vayne.
- For if I preache the Gospell, I haue nothyng to reioyce of: for necessitie is layde vpon me.
But wo is vnto me if I preache not the Gospell.
- For if I do it with a good wil, I haue a reward: but if [I do it] against my wil, the dispensatio is committed vnto me.
- What is my reward then?
Uerily that when I preache the Gospell, I make the Gospell of Christ free, that I misuse not myne aucthoritie in the Gospell.
- For though I be free from all men, yet haue I made my selfe seruaunt vnto all men, that I might win the mo.
- Unto the Iewes, I become as a Iewe, that I might win the Iewes: To them that are vnder the lawe, [I become] as [though I were] vnder the lawe, that I might win them that are vnder the lawe:
- To them that are without lawe, [become] as [though I were] without lawe, (when I was not without law as parteyning to the lawe of God, but in the lawe of Christe) to winne them that are without lawe.
- To the weake became I as weake, that I might winne the weake.
I am made all thinges to all men, that I might at the least way saue some.
- And this I do for the Gospels sake, that I might haue my part therof.
- Perceaue ye not [howe] that they which run in a race, run all, but one receaueth the rewarde?
So run that ye may obtayne.
- Euery man that proueth maisteries, abstayneth from all thynges, and they [do it] to obtayne a crowne that shall perishe: but we to obtayne an euerlasting crowne.
- I therfore so run, not as at an vncertayne thing: So fight I, not as one that beateth the ayre.
- But I tame my body, and bryng it into subiection, lest by any meanes, that when I haue preached to other, I my selfe shoulde be a castaway.