Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

For although I am free from [being accountable to] all people, I placed myself under obligation to them [as a slave], so as to win as many as possible [to Christ].

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 Version

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

Holman 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.

A Conservative Version

For although being free from all men, I made myself a servant to all, so 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.

Amplified

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to everyone, so that I may win more [for Christ].

Anderson New Testament

For, though I am free from all men, yet have I made my self a servant to all, that I may gain the more.

Bible in Basic English

For though I was free from all men, I made myself a servant to all, so that more might have salvation.

Common New Testament

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

Daniel Mace New Testament

for tho' I am independent of all men, yet have I subjected myself to all, that I might gain the more.

Darby Translation

For being free from all, I have made myself bondman to all, that I might gain the most possible.

Godbey New Testament

For being free from all, I rendered myself servant to all, that I may gain the more.

Goodspeed New Testament

Though I am free from anyone's control, I have made myself everyone's slave, so as to win over all the more.

John Wesley New Testament

For though I am free from all men, I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more.

Julia Smith Translation

For being free from all, I have subjected myself to all, that I might gain the more.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

For [although I] am free from all [people], I have enslaved myself to all, in order that I may gain more.

Modern King James verseion

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

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

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

Moffatt New Testament

Why, free as I am from all, I have made myself the slave of all, to win over as many as I could.

Montgomery New Testament

Though free from all men, I make myself the slave of all, that I may win the more.

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.

Noyes New Testament

For being free from all men, yet I made myself a servant to all, that I might gain the more;

Sawyer New Testament

For being free from all men, I have made myself a servant of all, that I may gain more;

The Emphasized Bible

For, though free from all, unto all, myself, I enslaved, - that, the larger number, I might win:

Thomas Haweis New Testament

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

Twentieth Century New Testament

Although I was entirely free, yet, to win as many converts as possible, I made myself everyone's slave.

Webster

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.

Williams New Testament

Yes, indeed, though I am free from any human power, I have made myself a slave to everybody, to win as many 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.

Worrell New Testament

For, being free from all men, I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more.

Worsley New Testament

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

Youngs Literal Translation

for being free from all men, to all men I made myself servant, that the more I might gain;

Interlinear

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

though I be
ὤν οὖσα ὄν 
On 
being, when ... was, which is, that is, not tr,
Usage: 128

ἐλεύθερος 
Eleutheros 
Usage: 21

ἐκ ἐξ 
Ek 
of, from, out of, by, on, with,
Usage: 709

all
πᾶς 
Pas 
Usage: 704

δουλόω 
Douloo 
Usage: 8

ἐμαυτοῦ ἐμαυτῷ ἐμαυτόν 
Emautou 
Usage: 21

δουλόω 
Douloo 
Usage: 8

πᾶς 
Pas 
Usage: 704

ἵνα 
Hina 
that, to,
Usage: 472

κερδαίνω 
Kerdaino 
gain, win, get gain, vr gain
Usage: 9

References

Easton

Fausets

Context Readings

Paul Gives Up His Rights As An Apostle

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. 19 For although I am free from [being accountable to] all people, I placed myself under obligation to them [as a slave], so as to win as many as possible [to Christ]. 20 I behaved like a Jew in front of the Jews in order to win Jews [to Christ]. I behaved like a person who was under [obligation to observe] the law [i.e., Jews] in front of those who observe that law, although I was not [really] under [obligation to] it. I did this to win those who are under [obligation to observe] the law.



Cross References

Matthew 18:15

"And if your brother sins against you, go and show him where he wronged you, [but] keep it between just the two of you. If he listens to you [i.e., accepts your reasoning and repents], you have won your brother [back].

1 Corinthians 9:1

Am I not a free man? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? [See Acts 9:17; I Cor. 15:8]. Are you people not [the result of] my work in [the service of] the Lord?

Galatians 5:13

For you brothers were called [by God] to enjoy your freedom; but do not use this freedom as an excuse for living a sinful life; instead, use it to render loving service to each other.

1 Peter 3:1

In the same way [that Jesus was submissive], you wives should submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even though they may not obey the [Gospel] message [they have heard] they may, without your talking [to them about it],

2 Corinthians 4:5

For we do not preach ourselves, but [we preach] Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake.

2 Corinthians 4:5

For we do not preach ourselves, but [we preach] Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake.

Matthew 20:26-28

But it will not be this way among you, for whoever would like to become important among you will become your servant.

John 13:14-15

So if I, then, being your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you should wash one another's feet also.

Romans 1:14

I have a debt to pay [i.e., an obligation to preach] to Greeks and heathens; to the educated and to the ignorant.

Romans 11:14

in hope that somehow I might stir up jealousy among my fellow-Jews, and thereby save some of them.

Romans 15:2

[Instead], each of us should do what pleases his neighbor in order to accomplish something good and uplifting [in his life].

1 Corinthians 7:16

How can you know, [Christian] wife, whether or not you will [be able to] convert your husband? Or how can you know, [Christian] husband, whether or not you will [be able to] convert you wife?

1 Corinthians 9:20-22

I behaved like a Jew in front of the Jews in order to win Jews [to Christ]. I behaved like a person who was under [obligation to observe] the law [i.e., Jews] in front of those who observe that law, although I was not [really] under [obligation to] it. I did this to win those who are under [obligation to observe] the law.

1 Corinthians 10:33

For even I myself [try] to please everyone in every way, and not to look out [just] for my own good, but [also] for the good of many people, so that they may be saved.

Galatians 5:1

Christ set us free [from condemnation under the law of Moses], so we could stay free! Remain where you are then, and do not get tangled up again in the enslaving harness [of the law of Moses].

1 Timothy 4:16

Pay close attention to yourself and to what you teach [people]. Continue doing these things, for in doing them you will both save yourself and those who listen to you.

2 Timothy 2:10

So, I endure everything for the elect's sake [i.e., God's people], so that they can obtain the salvation which comes through Christ Jesus, with [its] never ending splendor.

James 5:19-20

My brothers, if anyone among you strays away from the truth [of God's inspired message], and someone brings him back [to it],

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