Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

For if I preached because [I personally decided] I wanted to, I could claim a reward. But if I did not preach from a personal decision to do so, then it would be because I was entrusted with the task [by God].

New American Standard Bible

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.

King James Version

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

Holman Bible

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward, but if unwillingly, I am entrusted with a stewardship.

International Standard Version

For if I preach voluntarily, I get a reward, but if I am unwilling to do it, I am still entrusted with that obligation.

A Conservative Version

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward, but if involuntarily, I have been entrusted with a commission.

American Standard Version

For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.

Amplified

For if I do this work of my own free will, then I have a reward; but if it is not of my will [but by God’s choosing], I have been entrusted with a [sacred] stewardship.

Anderson New Testament

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, an apostolic stewardship has been intrusted to me.

Bible in Basic English

But if I do it gladly, I have a reward; and if not, I am under orders to do it.

Common New Testament

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if it is not of my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.

Daniel Mace New Testament

now if I do this willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, it is a dispensation of trust which must be discharged.

Darby Translation

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with an administration.

Godbey New Testament

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward: but if unwillingly, I have been intrusted with a dispensation.

Goodspeed New Testament

For if I do it of my own accord, I have my pay, but if I do it because I must, it is still a responsibility that I am charged with.

John Wesley New Testament

If indeed I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, yet a dispensation is intrusted to me.

Julia Smith Translation

For if of free will I do this, I have reward: and if unwillingly, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

King James 2000

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a stewardship of the gospel is committed unto me.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward, but if [I do so] unwillingly, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

Modern King James verseion

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I am entrusted with a stewardship.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

If I do it with a good will, I have a reward. But if I do it against my will, an office is committed unto me.

Moffatt New Testament

I get a reward if I do it of my own accord, whereas to do it otherwise is no more than for a steward to discharge his trust.

Montgomery New Testament

For if I do this of my own accord, I have my pay; but if unwilling, I have at least discharged my stewardship.

NET Bible

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward. But if I do it unwillingly, I am entrusted with a responsibility.

New Heart English Bible

For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.

Noyes New Testament

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, still I have been intrusted with a stewardship.

Sawyer New Testament

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, I am intrusted with a stewardship.

The Emphasized Bible

For, if, by choice, this thing I am doing, I have, a reward; but, if not by choice, with a stewardship, have I been entrusted!

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, I am entrusted with the dispensation [of it].

Twentieth Century New Testament

If I do this work willingly, I have a reward; but, if unwillingly, I have been charged to perform a duty.

Webster

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed to me.

Weymouth New Testament

And if I preach willingly, I receive my wages; but if against my will, a stewardship has nevertheless been entrusted to me.

Williams New Testament

For if I do it of my own accord, I get my pay; but if I am unwilling to do it, I still am entrusted with trusteeship.

World English Bible

For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.

Worrell New Testament

For, if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but, if unwillingly, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

Worsley New Testament

Now if I do this willingly, I have a reward; and if unwillingly, yet I am intrusted with the commission, and I must execute it.

Youngs Literal Translation

for if willing I do this, I have a reward; and if unwillingly -- with a stewardship I have been entrusted!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

if
εἰ 
Ei 
εἰ 
Ei 
if, whether, that, not tr,
if, whether, that, not tr,
Usage: 218
Usage: 218

I do
πράσσω 
Prasso 
Usage: 35

τοῦτο 
Touto 
Usage: 232

ἑκών 
hekon 
Usage: 2

I have
ἔχω 
Echo 
have, be, need , , vr have
Usage: 479

a reward
μισθός 
Misthos 
Usage: 13

but
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

against my will
ἄκων 
Akon 
against will
Usage: 1

οἰκονομία 
Oikonomia 
Usage: 5

References

American

Easton

Fausets

Hastings

Morish

Context Readings

Paul Gives Up His Rights As An Apostle

16 [But] I do not have anything to boast about if I preach the good news because I am compelled to do it. For it would be too bad for me if I did not preach the good news. 17 For if I preached because [I personally decided] I wanted to, I could claim a reward. But if I did not preach from a personal decision to do so, then it would be because I was entrusted with the task [by God]. 18 Then what is my reward? It is being able to preach the good news without receiving financial support [for it], so as not to claim my full rights in [the work of preaching] the good news.


Cross References

Galatians 2:7

On the contrary, they saw that I had [already] been entrusted [by God] with the Gospel for the uncircumcised ones [i.e., for Gentiles], just as Peter [had been entrusted by God] with the Gospel for the circumcised ones [i.e., for Jews].

1 Corinthians 3:8

Now the person who plants and the person who waters have the same [purpose], and each one will receive his own wages, according to the work each one does.

1 Corinthians 4:1

So, a person should look at us as servants of Christ and property managers entrusted with the secret truths of God.

Colossians 1:25

I was made a minister of the church according to the task given to me by God to fully present His message to you.

Matthew 10:41

The person who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive the [same] reward the prophet gets. And the person who welcomes a good man because he is good will receive the [same] reward the good man gets.

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14-14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14-3

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone lasts [i.e., if his converts are judged faithful], he will receive a reward [i.e., his converts will constitute part of his reward].

Matthew 24:25

You see, I have told you [all this] ahead of time.

Luke 12:42

And the Lord answered, "Who then is the trustworthy and sensible property manager, to whom his master will assign the management of his household, to provide adequate and timely meals for its members?

1 Corinthians 9:16

[But] I do not have anything to boast about if I preach the good news because I am compelled to do it. For it would be too bad for me if I did not preach the good news.

2 Corinthians 8:12

For if the eagerness is there, [then] whatever a person has [to give] is acceptable, and not what he does not have.

Ephesians 3:2-8

[Note: Paul here digresses from his prayer, begun in 1:15-16, to explain the circumstances of his being a prisoner on behalf of these Gentiles]. [I assume] you have heard about my commission [to minister] to you, which was given to me by God's unearned favor.

Philippians 1:16-17

Those who do it out of love [for me] know that I am prepared to defend the Gospel [i.e., before government authorities].

1 Thessalonians 2:4

Instead, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel. So, we speak, not trying to please people but God, who examines [the motives of] our hearts.

1 Timothy 1:11-13

found in the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.

1 Timothy 1:11

found in the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.

1 Peter 5:2-4

You should serve as shepherds of God's flock [i.e., the church], among whom you minister, providing careful oversight [of the people], not because you feel forced to, but because you want to, as this is in accordance with the way God wants it to be. Do not [serve as elders] simply out of a desire for the income you receive, but because your heart is in it.

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