1 Corinthians 9:15-27 ESV

15 But 1I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone 2deprive me of my ground for boasting.

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16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For 3necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

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17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with 4a stewardship.

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18 What then is my reward? That in my preaching 5I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

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19 For 6though I am free from all, 7I have made myself a servant to all, that I might 8win more of them.

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      20 9To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.

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      21 To 10those outside the law I became 11as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but 12under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.

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      22 13To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. 14I have become all things to all people, that 15by all means I might save some.

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      23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, 16that I may share with them in its blessings.

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      24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives 17the prize? So 18run that you may obtain it.

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      25 Every 19athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we 20an imperishable.

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      26 So I do not run aimlessly; I 21do not box as one 22beating the air.

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      27 But I discipline my body and 23keep it under control,a lest after preaching to others 24I myself should be 25disqualified.

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        • „ 9:27 - Greek I pummel my body and make it a slave