1 Corinthians 3:9
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New International Version
For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.

New Living Translation
For we are both God's workers. And you are God's field. You are God's building.

English Standard Version
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

New American Standard Bible
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.

King James Bible
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we are God's coworkers. You are God's field, God's building.

International Standard Version
For we are God's co-workers. You are God's farmland and God's building.

NET Bible
We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God's field, God's building.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we labor with God and you are the crop and the building of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are God's coworkers. You are God's field. You are God's building.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we are labourers together with God; ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

King James 2000 Bible
For we are laborers together with God: you are God's field, you are God's building.

American King James Version
For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building.

American Standard Version
For we are God's fellow-workers: ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we are God's coadjutors: you are God's husbandry; you are God's building.

Darby Bible Translation
For we are God's fellow-workmen; ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

English Revised Version
For we are God's fellow-workers: ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

Weymouth New Testament
Apollos and I are simply fellow workers for and with God, and you are *God's* field-- *God's* building.

World English Bible
For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming, God's building.

Young's Literal Translation
for of God we are fellow-workmen; God's tillage, God's building ye are.
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 9. - God's fellow workers. Throughout the Bible we are taught that God requires the work of man, and that he will not help those who will do nothing for themselves or for him. The world was to be evangelized, not by sudden miracle, but by faithful human labour (Mark 16:20). God's husbandry; rather. God's field, or tilled land. The thought which he desires again and again to enforce is that they belong to God, not to the parties of human teachers. The word" husbandry" may also mean vineyard, and the metaphor is the same as in Isaiah 5:1; Isaiah 27:2; John 15:1; Matthew 13:3-30; Luke 13:6-9; Romans 11:16-24. God's building. This is one of St. Paul's favourite metaphors, as in vers. 16, 17; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:20 - 22; Romans 15:20; 2 Timothy 2:19 (comp. 1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 21:14).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For we are labourers together with God,.... The ministers of the Gospel are labourers in the Lord's vineyard, and not loiterers; their work is a laborious work, both to body and mind; which lies in close study and meditation, in diligent reading and constant prayer, in frequent ministration of the word, and administration of ordinances; besides reproofs, admonitions, and exhortations, counsels, and instructions, which are often necessary: it is a work, which no man is sufficient for of himself; what requires diligence, industry, and faithfulness; is honourable, and, when rightly performed, deserves respect: nor do they labour alone, but with God; not as co-ordinate, but as subordinate workers; for though they labour in planting and watering, yet they bear no part with him in giving the increase; he is the husbandman, the chief master builder, they are labourers under him; however, he works with them; hence their labours are not in vain, and they have great encouragement to go on in their work; and they are God's labourers with one another, which is a sense of the phrase not to be overlooked. The apostle often, in his epistles, speaks of his fellow workmen, and fellow labourers, who wrought together with him under God:

ye are God's husbandry; or tillage; he is the proprietor of the field, the occupier of it, the husbandman who breaks up the fallow ground of the hearts of his people; he casts in the seed of grace, he makes the ground good, and causes it to bring forth fruit; the churches of Christ are his property, land of his fertilizing, and all the fruit belongs unto him; they are gardens of his planting, and vineyards of his watering, and which he keeps night and day, lest any hurt:

ye are God's building; as the former metaphor is taken from agriculture, this is from architecture: believers in a church state are God's house, in which he dwells, and which he himself has built; he has laid the foundation, which is Jesus Christ; he makes his people lively stones, and lays them on it; he raises up the superstructure, and will complete the building, and ought to bear all the glory, and in all which he makes use of his ministers as instruments.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Translate, as the Greek collocation of words, and the emphasis on "God" thrice repeated, requires, "For (in proof that "each shall receive reward according to his own labor," namely, from God) it is of God that we are the fellow workers (laboring with, but under, and belonging to Him as His servants, 2Co 5:20; 6:1; compare Ac 15:4; see on [2283]1Th 3:2) of God that ye are the field (or tillage), of God that ye are the building" [Alford]. "Building" is a new image introduced here, as suited better than that of husbandry, to set forth the different kinds of teaching and their results, which he is now about to discuss. "To edify" or "build up" the Church of Christ is similarly used (Eph 2:21, 22; 4:29).

1 Corinthians 3:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and Apollos God's Fellow Workers
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
Proverbs 9:1
Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.

Isaiah 61:3
and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Matthew 15:13
He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.

Mark 16:20
Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

John 15:1
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?

2 Corinthians 6:1
As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.

Ephesians 2:20
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

Ephesians 2:22
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Colossians 2:7
rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

1 Peter 2:5
you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building.

we.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Matthew 9:37 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but …

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with …

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

3 John 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers …

ye are God's.

Psalm 65:9-13 You visit the earth, and water it: you greatly enrich it with the …

Psalm 72:16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth on the top of the …

Psalm 80:8-11 You have brought a vine out of Egypt: you have cast out the heathen, …

Isaiah 5:1-7 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching …

Isaiah 27:2,3 In that day sing you to her, A vineyard of red wine…

Isaiah 28:24-29 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the …

Isaiah 32:20 Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither …

Isaiah 61:3,5,11 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for …

Jeremiah 2:21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then …

Matthew 13:3-9,18-30,36-42 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower …

Matthew 20:1-14 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…

Matthew 21:23-44 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders …

Mark 4:26-29 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed …

John 4:35-38 Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, …

John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer…

husbandry. or, tillage. ye are God's building.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit …

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost …

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Amos 9:11,12 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, …

Zechariah 6:12,13 And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, …

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will …

Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which …

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are …

Ephesians 2:10,20-22 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you …

1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself …

Hebrews 3:3,4,6 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch …

1 Peter 2:5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy …

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