"I know what I know / Could not fill a thimble."

Monday, July 19, 2010

1 Cor 9

3My defense to those who examine me is this:

4(G)Do we not have a right to eat and drink?

5(H)Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the (I)brothers of the Lord and (J)Cephas?

6Or do only (K)Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?

7Who at any time serves (L)as a soldier at his own expense? Who (M)plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?

8I am not speaking these things (N)according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?

9For it is written in the Law of Moses, "(O)YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING " God is not concerned about (P)oxen, is He?

10Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, (Q)for our sake it was written, because (R)the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.

11(S)If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

The best portion of Scripture that explains why Ministers should be paid, allowed breaks and "take along a believing wife". Interesting to wonder whether Paul was married or considered being married. What a hard life that woman had, if so.

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