15 For my part I have used none of these rights, nor have I written these things that they may be applied in my case. 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 I am compelled to preach[a]—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 commission. 18 What then is my reward? To preach the gospel and offer it free of charge and not make full use of my rights in the gospel.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 9:16 Lit because necessity is laid upon me

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, since 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 because 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,[a] having received from Epaphroditus(B) what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing(C) to God.

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Footnotes

  1. 4:18 Or Here, then, is my receipt for everything, I have an abundance, for I am fully supplied

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