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.
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!
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.
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.
For 6though I am free from all, 7I have made myself a servant to all, that I might 8win more of them.
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.
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.
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.
I do it all for the sake of the gospel, 16that I may share with them in its blessings.
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.
Every 19athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we 20an imperishable.
So I do not run aimlessly; I 21do not box as one 22beating the air.
But I discipline my body and 23keep it under control, lest after preaching to others 24I myself should be 25disqualified.