1 Corinthians 9:19
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New International Version
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

New Living Translation
Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.

English Standard Version
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

New American Standard Bible
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more.

King James Bible
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although I am a free man and not anyone's slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people.

International Standard Version
Although I am free from everyone's expectations, I have made myself a servant to all of them to win more people.

NET Bible
For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For as I am free from all these things, I have subjected myself to every person that I may gain the many.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Although I'm free from all people, I have made myself a slave for all people to win more of them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, though I am free regarding everyone, yet I have made myself slave unto all, that I might gain the more.

King James 2000 Bible
For though I am free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

American King James Version
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more.

American Standard Version
For though I was free from all men, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For whereas I was free as to all, I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more.

Darby Bible Translation
For being free from all, I have made myself bondman to all, that I might gain the most [possible].

English Revised Version
For though I was free from all men, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more.

Webster's Bible Translation
For though I am free from all men, yet I have made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more.

Weymouth New Testament
Though free from all human control, I have made myself the slave of all in the hope of winning as many converts as possible.

World English Bible
For though I was free from all, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more.

Young's Literal Translation
for being free from all men, to all men I made myself servant, that the more I might gain;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:15-23 It is the glory of a minister to deny himself, that he may serve Christ and save souls. But when a minister gives up his right for the sake of the gospel, he does more than his charge and office demands. By preaching the gospel, freely, the apostle showed that he acted from principles of zeal and love, and thus enjoyed much comfort and hope in his soul. And though he looked on the ceremonial law as a yoke taken off by Christ, yet he submitted to it, that he might work upon the Jews, do away their prejudices, prevail with them to hear the gospel, and win them over to Christ. Though he would transgress no laws of Christ, to please any man, yet he would accommodate himself to all men, where he might do it lawfully, to gain some. Doing good was the study and business of his life; and, that he might reach this end, he did not stand on privileges. We must carefully watch against extremes, and against relying on any thing but trust in Christ alone. We must not allow errors or faults, so as to hurt others, or disgrace the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - For though I be free; rather, though I was free. He has voluntarily abandoned this freedom. The true rendering of the verse is, For being free from all men [Galatians 1:10], I enslaved myself to all. In acting thus he obeyed his own principle of not abusing his liberty, but "by love serve one another" (Galatians 5:13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For though I be free from all men,.... As an apostle, being in the highest office in the church, he had none superior to him, that could exercise any power and authority over him, and was also independent of men for his maintenance, which he got by his own hand labour: though it may be observed, that the word "men" is not in the original text, and the word "all" may as well have respect to things as men; and the sense be, that he was free, as from the curse of the moral law, so from the yoke of the ceremonial law, and all the rituals of it, and might, if he would, make use of his Christian liberty; the following verses seem to incline to this sense, as the preceding ones do to the former:

yet have I made myself servant unto all; in faithfully and indefatigably preaching the Gospel to them; undergoing all manner of affliction and persecution for the sake of that and them; behaving towards them with all meekness and humility; condescending to their weakness, and accommodating himself to their capacities and customs:

that I might gain the more; than other apostles have done, or than it could be reasonably thought he should, had he behaved in a more lordly and domineering manner: his end was not to amass wealth, to gain riches and treasures of good things to himself, but many souls to Christ, who otherwise must have been lost; but being brought to the knowledge of Christ, and salvation by him through his ministry, it was profit to them, and gain to Christ: the metaphor is taken from merchants, who spare no pains, but take every method to acquire gain and profit; the ministers of the word are spiritual merchants, their traffic lies in the souls of men, whom they are studiously and anxiously careful to bring to Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. free from all men—that is, from the power of all men.

gain the more—that is, as many of them ("all men") as possible. "Gain" is an appropriate expression in relation to a "reward" (1Th 2:19, 20); he therefore repeats it frequently (1Co 9:20-22).

1 Corinthians 9:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul a Servant to All
19For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

Matthew 18:15
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

1 Corinthians 9:1
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?

1 Corinthians 10:29
I am referring to the other person's conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another's conscience?

2 Corinthians 4:5
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

2 Corinthians 4:15
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 12:14
Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

1 Peter 3:1
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,
Treasury of Scripture

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more.

I be.

1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ …

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us …

I made.

1 Corinthians 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, …

Matthew 20:26-28 But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among …

John 13:14,15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also …

Romans 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the …

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves …

Galatians 5:13 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

that.

1 Corinthians 9:20-22 And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to …

1 Corinthians 7:16 For what know you, O wife, whether you shall save your husband? …

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

Romans 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, …

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

James 5:19,20 Brothers, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him…

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

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