1 Corinthians 9:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach.1 Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;2 if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.3 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge,4 and so not make use of my rights5 in preaching it. 19 Though I am free6 and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone,7 to win as many as possible.8 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.9 To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law),10 so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law11 (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law),12 so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.13 I have become all things to all men14 so that by all possible means I might save some.15 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?16 Run17 in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown18 that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.19 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly;20 I do not fight like a man beating the air.21
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