“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.”
King James Version (KJV)
9:19 I made myself the servant of all - I acted with as self - denying a regard to their interest, and as much caution not to offend them, as if I had been literally their servant or slave. Where is the preacher of the gospel who treads in the same steps?
1Co 9:19 For though I am free, etc. He shows why he used this self denial. In order that he might "gain souls", he was willing to become the servant of all, and to deny himself all things.