But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast.
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For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
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If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.
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What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.
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Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
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To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
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To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.
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To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
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I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.