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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 9:6


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 9:6

    Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

    World English Bible

    Or have only Barnabas and I no right to not
    work?

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 9:6

    Or I only and Barnabas, have not we
    power to do this?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Or I only and Barnabas, have we not
    power to forbear working?

    Greek Textus Receptus


    η
    2228 PRT μονος 3441 A-NSM εγω 1473 P-1NS και 2532 CONJ βαρναβας 921 N-NSM ουκ 3756 PRT-N εχομεν 2192 5719 V-PAI-1P εξουσιαν 1849 N-ASF του 3588 T-GSM μη 3361 PRT-N εργαζεσθαι 2038 5738 V-PNN

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (6) -
    Ac 4:36; 11:22; 13:1,2,50; 14:12; 15:36,37

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 9:6

    ¿O slo yo y Bernab no tenemos potestad de no trabajar?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:6

    Verse 6. Or I only and
    Barnabas] Have we alone of all the apostles no right to be supported by our converts? It appears from this, 1. That the apostles did not generally support themselves by their own labour. 2. That Paul and Barnabas did thus support themselves. Some of the others probably had not a business at which they could conveniently work; but Paul and Barnabas had a trade at which they could conveniently labour wherever they came.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 6. Or I only and
    Barnabas , etc.] Who were for a great while companions and fellow travellers; are we alone? are we exempted from those rights and privileges, common to others? have not we power to forbear working ? that is, with their hands, at their trades and occupations, to get their living by: Paul worked at his trade, and so it seems Barnabas did likewise: Paul wrought with his hands at Corinth, in company with Aquila and Priscilla, they being tentmakers as he, ( Acts 18:3) and so he did in other places; he appeals for the truth of this to the elders of the church at Ephesus, ( Acts 20:34) and to the church of the Thessalonians, ( 1 Thessalonians 2:9 2 Thessalonians 3:8) not but that he had a right and power to leave off business, to forbear working, and require a maintenance from those to whom he ministered; but for some reasons he chose not to make use of this his power and liberty, because he would not be chargeable to them; and lest that upon his first preaching the Gospel to them, they should think he had worldly selfish ends in view, and not the good of souls, and glory of Christ; however, he hereby lets them know, that though Barnabas and he continued to get their bread by their own hand labour, they had a right to quit their trades, and throw themselves upon them for a maintenance. The apostle seems, in this, to imitate the ancient, wise, and holy men of his nation, who taught the law freely, and took nothing for it; not that they thought it was unlawful, or that they had no right to a maintenance on account of it, but for the honour of religion, and that piety they professed; and lest the law should be thought to be made a trade of, they chose not to insist upon it f148 . Ver. 7. Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges ? etc.] Some people have done so, as did the Habessines f149 , and the ancient Romans f150 ; though before the apostle wrote this, the senate had made an act, that the soldiers should have a stipend from the public; and this being now so common, and universally obtaining everywhere, the apostle puts the question he does; and his meaning is, that since ministers of the Gospel are the good soldiers of Jesus Christ, and are engaged in a warfare state, in fighting the good fight of faith, against his enemies, and those of his church, it is but reasonable that their charges should be bore, and they maintained at the public expense: who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof ? The church of Christ is a vineyard, it is often so called in Scripture; ministers are planters, vinedressers, and labourers in it; and as the mystical Solomon, the owner of the vineyard, ought to have his thousand, the cultivators of it, the keepers of the fruit, should have their two hundred, ( Song of Solomon 8:12) Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock ? The churches of Christ are compared to flocks of sheep; the ministers of the word are pastors, or shepherds, who have the care and oversight of them, and feed them with knowledge and understanding; and it is but right and just that they enjoy the fruit of their labours, and have a proper and suitable maintenance, as it is that he who feeds a flock should eat of the milk which that produces.

    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


    η
    2228 PRT μονος 3441 A-NSM εγω 1473 P-1NS και 2532 CONJ βαρναβας 921 N-NSM ουκ 3756 PRT-N εχομεν 2192 5719 V-PAI-1P εξουσιαν 1849 N-ASF του 3588 T-GSM μη 3361 PRT-N εργαζεσθαι 2038 5738 V-PNN

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    6.
    Barnabas. The only mention of Barnabas along with Paul since the quarrel, Acts xv. 39.

    Forbear working. For their own support. Ergazesqai to work, is the regular word for manual labor. See Matt. xxi. 28; Acts xviii. 3. See on 3 John 5; and trade, Apoc. xviii. 17.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    9:6 {Have we not a right to forbear working?} (ouk ecomen exousian me ergazesqai;). By e (or) Paul puts the other side about Barnabas (the only allusion since the dispute in #Ac 15:39, but in good spirit) and himself. Perhaps (Hofmann) Paul has in mind the fact that in the first great mission tour (#Ac 13; 14), Barnabas and Paul received no help from the church in Antioch, but were left to work their way along at their own charges. It was not till the Philippian Church took hold that Paul had financial aid (#Php 4:15). Here both negatives have their full force. Literally, Do we not have (ouk ecomen, expecting the affirmative reply) the right not (me, negative of the infinitive ergazesthai) to do manual labor (usual meaning of ergazomai as in #4:12)?" There was no more compulsion on Paul and Barnabas to support themselves than upon the other workers for Christ. They renounced no rights in being voluntarily independent.


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