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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 9:4


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 9:4

    Have we not power to eat and to drink?

    World English Bible

    Have we no right to eat and to drink?

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 9:4

    Have not we
    power to eat and to drink?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Have we not
    power to eat and to drink?

    Greek Textus Receptus


    μη
    3361 PRT-N ουκ 3756 PRT-N εχομεν 2192 5719 V-PAI-1P εξουσιαν 1849 N-ASF φαγειν 5315 5629 V-2AAN και 2532 CONJ πιειν 4095 5629 V-2AAN

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    VERSE (4) -
    :7-14 Mt 10:10 Lu 10:7 Ga 6:6 1Th 2:6 2Th 3:8,9 1Ti 5:17,18

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 9:4

    Qu, ¿no tenemos potestad de comer y de beber?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:4

    Verse 4. Have we not
    power to eat and to drink?] Have we not authority, or right, exousian, to expect sustenance, while we are labouring for your salvation? Meat and drink, the necessaries, not the superfluities, of life, were what those primitive messengers of Christ required; it was just that they who laboured in the Gospel should live by the Gospel; they did not wish to make a fortune, or accumulate wealth; a living was all they desired. It was probably in reference to the same moderate and reasonable desire that the provision made for the clergy in this country was called a living; and their work for which they got this living was called the cure of souls. Whether we derive the word cure from cura, care, as signifying that the care of all the souls in a particular parish or place devolves on the minister, who is to instruct them in the things of salvation, and lead them to heaven; or whether we consider the term as implying that the souls in that district are in a state of spiritual disease, and the minister is a spiritual physician, to whom the cure of these souls is intrusted; still we must consider that such a labourer is worthy of his hire; and he that preaches the Gospel should live by the Gospel.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. Have we not
    power to eat and to drink ?] Having proved his apostleship, he proceeds to establish his right to a maintenance as a Gospel minister; which he expresses by various phrases, and confirms by divers arguments: by a power to eat and drink, he does not mean the common power and right of mankind to perform such actions, which everyone has, provided he acts temperately, and to the glory of God; nor a liberty of eating and drinking things indifferent, or which were prohibited under the ceremonial law; but a comfortable livelihood at the public charge, or at the expense of the persons to whom he ministered; and he seems to have in view the words of Christ, ( Luke 10:7,8).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-14 - It is not new for a
    minister to meet with unkind returns for good-wil to a people, and diligent and successful services among them. To the cavils of some, the apostle answers, so as to set forth himself as a example of self-denial, for the good of others. He had a right to marr as well as other apostles, and to claim what was needful for his wife and his children if he had any, from the churches, without labourin with his own hands to get it. Those who seek to do our souls good should have food provided for them. But he renounced his right, rathe than hinder his success by claiming it. It is the people's duty to maintain their minister. He may wave his right, as Paul did; but thos transgress a precept of Christ, who deny or withhold due support.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    μη
    3361 PRT-N ουκ 3756 PRT-N εχομεν 2192 5719 V-PAI-1P εξουσιαν 1849 N-ASF φαγειν 5315 5629 V-2AAN και 2532 CONJ πιειν 4095 5629 V-2AAN

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4. Eat - drink. At the expense of the
    churches. Compare Luke x. 7.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    9:4 {Have we no right?} (me ouk ecomen exousian;). Literary plural here though singular in #1-3. The me in this
    double negative expects the answer "No" while ouk goes with the verb ecomen. "Do we fail to have the right?" Cf. #Ro 10:18f. (Robertson, _Grammar_, p. 1173).


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