18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
But one who (A)sows righteousness gets a true reward.

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17 For if I do this voluntarily, I have a (A)reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a (B)commission nonetheless. 18 What, then, is my (C)reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel (D)without charge, so as (E)not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

19 For though I am (F)free from all people, I have made myself (G)a slave to all, so that I may (H)gain more. 20 (I)To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might gain Jews; to those who are under the Law, I became as one under the Law, though (J)not being under the Law myself, so that I might gain those who are under the Law; 21 to those who are (K)without the Law, I became (L)as one without the Law, though not being without the law of God but (M)under the law of Christ, so that I might gain those who are without the Law. 22 To the (N)weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak; I have become (O)all things to all people, (P)so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.

24 (Q)Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives (R)the prize? (S)Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who (T)competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. So they do it to obtain a perishable (U)wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I (V)run in such a way as not to run aimlessly; I box in such a way, as [a]to avoid (W)hitting air; 27 but I strictly discipline (X)my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 9:26 Lit not hitting