1 Corinthians 3:8
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New International Version
The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

New Living Translation
The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.

English Standard Version
He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

New American Standard Bible
Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

King James Bible
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the one planting and the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

International Standard Version
The one who plants and the one who waters have the same goal, and each will receive a reward for his own action.

NET Bible
The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, but each will receive his reward according to his work.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But whoever plants and whoever waters, they are one; and a man receives wages according to his labor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who plants and the one who waters have the same goal, and each will receive a reward for his own work.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now he that plants and he that waters are one although each one shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

King James 2000 Bible
Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.

American King James Version
Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.

American Standard Version
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now he that planteth, and he that watereth, are one. And every man shall receive his own reward, according to his own labour.

Darby Bible Translation
But the planter and the waterer are one; but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

English Revised Version
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward, according to his own labor.

Weymouth New Testament
Now in aim and purpose the planter and the waterer are one; and yet each will receive his own special reward, answering to his own special work.

World English Bible
Now he who plants and he who waters are the same, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who is planting and he who is watering are one, and each his own reward shall receive, according to his own labour,
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 8. - Are one; literally, one thing. God is the sole Agent; the teachers, so far from being able to pose as rival leaders, form but one instrument in God's hand. Their relative differences shrink into insignificance when the source and objects of their ministry are considered. His own reward... his own labour. In the lower individual sphere the work of teachers shall be fairly estimated and rewarded as in the parable of the pounds and talents (comp. John 4:36; Revelation 22:12).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now he that planteth, and he that watereth are one,.... Not in every respect so; they were different as men, they were not the same individual persons, nor in the same office; Paul was an apostle, Apollos only a preacher of the Gospel; nor had they the same measure of gifts, nor did they labour alike, or were of the same usefulness; but they had one and the same commission to preach the Gospel; and the Gospel they preached was the same; and so were their views, aims, and ends, which were the glory of God, and the good of immortal souls; and they had the same love and affection for one another; they were one in their work, judgment, and affection; and which carries in it a strong reason and argument why the members of this church should not contend and divide about them:

and every man shall receive his own reward; either from men, that double honour he is worthy of, maintenance and respect; or rather from God, not a reward of debt, for his labours are by no means meritorious of anything at the hands of God, from whom he has all the grace, strength, and abilities he labours with; but of grace, even the reward of the inheritance, because he serves the Lord Christ; which is by bequest, through the death of the testator, and common to all the children of God, and heirs of glory:

according to his own labour; and not another's; and not according to the success of it, but according to that itself; not that that is the measure of the reward, for the reward infinitely exceeds it; but is that to which God has graciously annexed the promise of the reward, as an encouragement to it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. one—essentially in their aim they are one, engaged in one and the same ministry; therefore they ought not to be made by you the occasion of forming separate parties.

and every man—rather "but every man." Though in their service or ministry, they are essentially "one," yet every minister is separately responsible in "his own" work, and "shall receive his own (emphatically repeated) reward, according to his own labor." The reward is something over and above personal salvation (1Co 3:14, 15; 2Jo 8). He shall be rewarded according to, not his success or the amount of work done, but "according to his own labor." It shall be said to him, "Well done, thou good and (not successful, but) faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord" (Mt 25:23).

1 Corinthians 3:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and Apollos God's Fellow Workers
7So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
Cross References
Psalm 62:12
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love"; and, "You reward everyone according to what they have done."

Proverbs 27:18
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

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 3:14
If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.

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 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 9:7
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 9:17
If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.

1 Corinthians 9:18
What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.

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

Galatians 6:5
for each one should carry their own load.

2 John 1:8
Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.
Treasury of Scripture

Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.

he that planteth.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you …

1 Corinthians 4:6 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself …

John 4:36-38 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: …

and every.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

1 Corinthians 9:17,18 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Psalm 62:12 Also to you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according …

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament…

Matthew 5:11,12 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and …

Matthew 10:41,42 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive …

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his …

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, …

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every …

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