1 Corinthians 3:14
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New International Version
If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.

New Living Translation
If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.

English Standard Version
If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.

New American Standard Bible
If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.

King James Bible
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone's work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward.

International Standard Version
If what a person has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.

NET Bible
If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whosever work shall remain shall receive his reward from The Builder.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If what a person has built survives, he will receive a reward.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the work of anyone abides which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

King James 2000 Bible
If any man's work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

American King James Version
If any man's work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

American Standard Version
If any man's work shall abide which he built thereon, he shall receive a reward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

Darby Bible Translation
If the work of any one which he has built upon [the foundation] shall abide, he shall receive a reward.

English Revised Version
If any man's work shall abide which he built thereon, he shall receive a reward.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man's work abideth which he hath built upon it, he shall receive a reward.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one's work--the building which he has erected--stands the test, he will be rewarded.

World English Bible
If any man's work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward.

Young's Literal Translation
if of any one the work doth remain that he built on it, a wage he shall receive;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:10-15 The apostle was a wise master-builder; but the grace of God made him such. Spiritual pride is abominable; it is using the greatest favours of God, to feed our own vanity, and make idols of ourselves. But let every man take heed; there may be bad building on a good foundation. Nothing must be laid upon it, but what the foundation will bear, and what is of a piece with it. Let us not dare to join a merely human or a carnal life with a Divine faith, the corruption of sin with the profession of Christianity. Christ is a firm, abiding, and immovable Rock of ages, every way able to bear all the weight that God himself or the sinner can lay upon him; neither is there salvation in any other. Leave out the doctrine of his atonement, and there is no foundation for our hopes. But of those who rest on this foundation, there are two sorts. Some hold nothing but the truth as it is in Jesus, and preach nothing else. Others build on the good foundation what will not abide the test, when the day of trail comes. We may be mistaken in ourselves and others; but there is a day coming that will show our actions in the true light, without covering or disguise. Those who spread true and pure religion in all its branches, and whose work will abide in the great day, shall receive a reward. And how great! how much exceeding their deserts! There are others, whose corrupt opinions and doctrines, or vain inventions and usages in the worship of God, shall be made known, disowned, and rejected, in that day. This is plainly meant of a figurative fire, not of a real one; for what real fire can consume religious rites or doctrines? And it is to try every man's works, those of Paul and Apollos, as well as others. Let us consider the tendency of our undertakings, compare them with God's word, and judge ourselves, that we be not judged of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - If any man's work shall abide. St. Paul is speaking primarily of teachers, though, of course, his words apply by analogy to all believers. He shall receive a reward. One of the teacher's rewards will be his converts (1 Thessalonians 2:19), who will be "his joy and crown of glorying" (Philippians 2:16); another will be "a crown of glory that fadeth not away" (1 Peter 5:2, 4; Daniel 12:3); yet another will be fresh opportunities for higher labour (Matthew 25:23).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If any man's work abide,.... That is, if any minister's doctrine will bear the test of daylight, to be looked into, and abide the fire of the word; as gold, silver, and precious stones will, or such doctrines as are comparable to them, which will shine the brighter for being tried by this fire:

which he hath built thereupon; upon the foundation Christ, in entire consistence with, and proportion to it, and highly becoming it:

he shall receive a reward; either from the churches of Christ here, who shall honour and respect him for his faithful labours in the ministry; or from Christ hereafter, who will say, well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. abide—abide the testing fire (Mt 3:11, 12).

which he hath built thereupon—which he built on the foundation.

reward—wages, as a builder, that is, teacher. His converts built on Christ the foundation, through his faithful teaching, shall be his "crown of rejoicing" (2Co 1:14; Php 2:16; 1Th 2:19).

1 Corinthians 3:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ the Only Foundation
13each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. 14If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:8
The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

1 Corinthians 9:17
If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.

Galatians 6:4
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
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