In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.115
But I have not used any of these rights.2 And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me. I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of this boast.316
Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach.4 Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;5 if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.618
What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge,7 and so not make use of my rights8 in preaching it.
Though I am free9 and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone,10 to win as many as possible.1120
To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.12 To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law),13 so as to win those under the law.
To those not having the law I became like one not having the law14 (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law),15 so as to win those not having the law.
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.16 I have become all things to all men17 so that by all possible means I might save some.1823
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?19 Run20 in such a way as to get the prize.