1 Corinthians 9:19
Parallel Verses
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.

Berean Study Bible
Though I am free of obligation to anyone, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

Berean Literal Bible
For being free from all, I myself became servant to all, so that I might win the more.

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.

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.

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;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Paul the Servant to All
18What then is my reward? That in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not use up my rights in preaching it. 19Though I am free of obligation to anyone, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the Law I became like one under the Law (though I myself am not under the Law), to win those under the Law.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.

Matthew 18:15
If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.

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

1 Corinthians 10:29
the other one's conscience I mean, not your own. For why should my freedom be determined by someone else's conscience?

2 Corinthians 4:5
For we do not proclaim 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 extending to more and more people may overflow in thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 12:14
See, I am ready to come to you a third time, and I will not be a burden, because I am not seeking your possessions, but you yourselves. For children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

Galatians 5:13
For you, brothers, were called to freedom; but do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Rather, serve one another in love.

1 Peter 3:1
Wives, in the same way, submit yourselves to your husbands, so that even if they refuse to believe the word, they will 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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