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17 For if I preach voluntarily, I get a reward, but if I am unwilling to do it, I am still entrusted with that obligation. 18 What, then, is my reward? It is[a] to be able to preach the gospel free of charge, and so I never resort to demanding my rights when I’m preaching[b] the gospel.

19 Although I am free from everyone’s expectations, I have made myself a servant to all of them to win more people.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 9:18 The Gk. lacks It is
  2. 1 Corinthians 9:18 Lit. rights in

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