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1 Corinthians 9:12–27

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12 If others be partakers of this power yover you, are not we rather? Nevertheless zwe have not used this power; but asuffer all things, blest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that cthey which minister about holy things ||live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so dhath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel gshould live of the gospel. 15 But eI have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make fmy glorying void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing fto glory of: for gnecessity is laid upon me; hyea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have ia reward: but if against my will, ka dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18 What is my ireward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, lI may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I mabuse not my power in the gospel. 19 For though I be nfree from all men, yet have oI made myself servant unto all, that I might pgain the more. 20 And qunto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might pgain the Jews; qto them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might pgain them that are under the law; 21 rTo them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but sunder the law to Christ,) that I might pgain them that are without law. 22 tTo the weak became I as weak, that I might pgain the weak: oI am made all things to all men, that I might by all means usave some. 23 vAnd this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth wthe prize? So xrun, that ye may yobtain. 25 And every man that zstriveth for the mastery ais temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible bcrown; but we an cincorruptible. 26 I therefore so xrun, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that ccbeateth the air: 27 But dI ekeep under my body, and fbring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, gI myself should be ha castaway.

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