13 “Do not oppress(A) your neighbor or rob(B) him. The wages due a hired worker(C) must not remain with you until morning.

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14 “Do not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether one of your Israelite brothers or one of the resident aliens in a town[a] in your land. 15 You are to pay him his wages each day before the sun sets, because he is poor and depends on them.(A) Otherwise he will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will be held guilty.

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Footnotes

  1. 24:14 Lit within the city gates

10 Don’t take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a staff, for the worker(A) is worthy of his food.

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Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for the worker is worthy of his wages.(A) Don’t move from house to house.

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Don’t we have the right to eat and drink?(A) Don’t we have the right to be accompanied by a believing wife[a] like the other apostles,(B) the Lord’s brothers, and Cephas?(C) Or do only Barnabas(D) and I have no right to refrain from working? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense?(E) Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who shepherds a flock and does not drink the milk from the flock?

Am I saying this from a human perspective? Doesn’t the law also say the same thing? For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an ox(F) while it treads out grain.[b](G) Is God really concerned about oxen? 10 Isn’t he really saying it for our sake? Yes, this is written for our sake,(H) because he who plows ought to plow in hope,(I) and he who threshes should thresh in hope of sharing the crop.(J) 11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it too much if we reap material benefits from you? 12 If others have this right to receive benefits from you, don’t we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right; instead, we endure everything(K) so that we will not hinder the gospel of Christ.

13 Don’t you know that those who perform the temple services eat the food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar(L) share in the offerings of the altar? 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel.(M)

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Footnotes

  1. 9:5 Lit a sister as a wife
  2. 9:9 Dt 25:4

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. They consider it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight. They are spots and blemishes, delighting in their deceptions[a] while they feast with you.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:13 Other mss read delighting in the love feasts

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