15 But I have used none of these rights, and I have not written this to make it happen that way for me. For it would be better for me to die than for anyone to deprive me of my boast! 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because an obligation is placed on me. And woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward, but if unwillingly, I am entrusted(A) with a stewardship. 18 What then is my reward? To preach the gospel and offer it free of charge and not make full use of my authority in the gospel.(B)

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Or did I commit a sin by humbling(A) myself so that you might be exalted,(B) because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?(C) I robbed other churches by taking pay from them to minister to you. When I was present with you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia(D) supplied my needs.(E) I have kept myself, and will keep myself, from burdening you in any way.

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Appreciation of Support

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that once again(A) you renewed your care for me.(B) You were, in fact, concerned about me but lacked the opportunity to show it.

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16 For even in Thessalonica(A) you sent gifts for my need(B) several times.

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18 But I have received everything in full,(A) and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus(B) what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing(C) to God.

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