1 Corinthians 3:6
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New International Version
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

New Living Translation
I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.

English Standard Version
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

New American Standard Bible
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.

King James Bible
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

International Standard Version
I planted, Apollos watered, but God kept everything growing.

NET Bible
I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I planted and Apollo watered but God made it grow.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I planted, and Apollos watered, but God made it grow.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

King James 2000 Bible
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

American King James Version
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

American Standard Version
I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have planted, Apollo watered, but God gave the increase.

Darby Bible Translation
*I* have planted; Apollos watered; but God has given the increase.

English Revised Version
I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have planted, Apollos watered: but God hath given the increase.

Weymouth New Testament
I planted and Apollos watered; but it was God who was, all the time, giving the increase.

World English Bible
I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase.

Young's Literal Translation
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was giving growth;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:5-9 The ministers about whom the Corinthians contended, were only instruments used by God. We should not put ministers into the place of God. He that planteth and he that watereth are one, employed by one Master, trusted with the same revelation, busied in one work, and engaged in one design. They have their different gifts from one and the same Spirit, for the very same purposes; and should carry on the same design heartily. Those who work hardest shall fare best. Those who are most faithful shall have the greatest reward. They work together with God, in promoting the purposes of his glory, and the salvation of precious souls; and He who knows their work, will take care they do not labour in vain. They are employed in his husbandry and building; and He will carefully look over them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - I planted. St. Paul everywhere recognized that his gift lay pre eminently in the ability to found Churches (comp. Acts 18:1-11; 1 Corinthians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 9:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1). Apollos watered. If, as is now generally believed, Apollos wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews, we see how striking was his power of strengthening the faith of wavering Churches. Eloquence and a deep insight into the meaning of Scripture, enriched by Alexandrian culture, seem to have been his special endowments (Acts 18:24, 27). The reference of the word "watered" to baptism by Augustine (Ep. 48) is one of the numberless instances of Scripture distorted by ecclesiasticism. God gave the increase (comp. 1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Corinthians 3:5). The thought of every true teacher always is, "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise" (Psalm 115:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I have planted,.... That is, ministerially; otherwise the planting of souls in Christ, and the implanting of grace in them, are things purely divine, and peculiar to God, and the power of his grace; but his meaning is, that he was at Corinth, as in other places, the first that preached the Gospel to them; and was an instrument of the conversion of many souls, and of laying the foundation, and of raising and forming a Gospel church state, and of planting them in it;

Apollos watered; he followed after, and his ministry was blessed for edification; he was a means of carrying on the superstructure, and of building up souls in faith and holiness, and of making them fruitful in every good word and work: each minister of the Gospel has his proper gifts, work, and usefulness; some are planters, others waterers; some are employed in hewing down the sturdy oaks, and others in squaring and fitting, and laying them in the building; some are "Boanergeses", sons of thunder, and are mostly useful in conviction and conversion; and others are "Barnabases", sons of consolation, who are chiefly made use of in comforting and edifying the saints: but God gave the increase: for as the gardener may put his plants into the earth, and water them when he has so done, but cannot cause them to grow, this is owing to a divine blessing; and as the husbandman tills his ground, casts the seed into it, and waits for the former and latter rain, but cannot cause it to spring up, or increase to perfection, this is done by a superior influence; so ministers of the Gospel plant and water, cast in the seed of the word, preach the Gospel, but all the success is from the Lord; God only causes it to spring up and grow; it is he that gives it its increasing, spreading, fructifying virtue and efficacy.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. I … planted, Apollos watered—(Ac 18:1; 19:1). Apollos at his own desire (Ac 18:27) was sent by the brethren to Corinth, and there followed up the work which Paul had begun.

God gave the increase—that is, the growth (1Co 3:10; Ac 18:27). "Believed through grace." Though ministers are nothing, and God all in all, yet God works by instruments, and promises the Holy Spirit in the faithful use of means. This is the dispensation of the Spirit, and ours is the ministry of the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:6 Additional Commentaries
Paul and Apollos God's Fellow Workers
5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.…
Cross References
Acts 18:24
Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures.

Acts 19:1
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples

1 Corinthians 1:12
What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ."

1 Corinthians 3:7
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

1 Corinthians 3:22
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future--all are yours,

1 Corinthians 4:15
Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:1
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?

1 Corinthians 9:7
Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk?

1 Corinthians 15:1
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

2 Corinthians 10:14
We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ.

Ephesians 3:17
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
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Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered …

Acts 18:24,26,27 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent …

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having …


1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

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Psalm 62:9,11 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

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