If others are partakers of the right from you, are not we more? Nevertheless we did not use this right, but we cover all things, so that we may not give any hindrance to the good-news of the Christ.
What then is my reward? That, while preaching the good-news, I may make the good-news of the Christ without charge, in order not to make full use of my right in the good-news.
But what I do, I also will do, so that I may cut off the opportunity of those who desire an opportunity, that in what they boast, they might appear just as we also.
But I have used none of these things, and I did not write these things so that it should be done to me this way. For it is good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my boasting empty.
Or did I commit a sin lowering myself so that ye might be lifted up, because I preached to you the good-news of God freely?
And he said to them, Do not hinder me, since LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.
and all of them together conspired to come and fight against Jerusalem, and to cause confusion therein.
Woe to you lawyers! Because ye took away the key of knowledge. Ye did not enter in yourselves, and ye hindered those who were entering in.
And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and was working, for they were of the tentmakers craft.
Therefore watch ye, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease warning each one with tears.
As far as the present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are ill clothed, and are treated roughly, and are homeless.
I do not write these things shaming you, but I warn you as my beloved children.
Now therefore it is indeed altogether a defeat for you because ye have legal disputes against yourselves. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?
If I am not an apostle to others, yet at least I am to you, for ye are the seal of my apostleship in Lord.
giving not one cause of stumbling in anything, so that the ministry may not be criticized,
For ye tolerate it if some man enslaves you, if some man devours you, if some man seizes you, if some man lifts himself up, if some man strikes you on the face.
For what is there which ye were inferior to the other congregations? Except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong.
nor seeking glory from men, neither from you nor from others. While able to bear down as apostles of Christ,
nor did we eat bread gratis from any man, but in labor and toil, working night and day in order not to burden any of you.