1 Corinthians 9:11
Parallel Verses
New International Version
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?

New Living Translation
Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren't we entitled to a harvest of physical food and drink?

English Standard Version
If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

New American Standard Bible
If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

King James Bible
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it too much if we reap material benefits from you?

International Standard Version
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap material benefits from you?

NET Bible
If we sowed spiritual blessings among you, is it too much to reap material things from you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If we have sown in you from The Spirit, is it a great thing if we shall reap of you from the body?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If we have planted the spiritual seed that has been of benefit to you, is it too much if we receive part of the harvest from your earthly goods?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap material things from you?

King James 2000 Bible
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your material things?

American King James Version
If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

American Standard Version
If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we reap your carnal things?

Darby Bible Translation
If we have sown to you spiritual things, [is it a] great [thing] if *we* shall reap your carnal things?

English Revised Version
If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things?

Webster's Bible Translation
If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

Weymouth New Testament
If it is we who sowed the spiritual grain in you, is it a great thing that we should reap a temporal harvest from you?

World English Bible
If we sowed to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we reap your fleshly things?

Young's Literal Translation
If we to you the spiritual things did sow -- great is it if we your fleshly things do reap?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-14 It is not new for a minister to meet with unkind returns for good-will 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 an example of self-denial, for the good of others. He had a right to marry 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 labouring 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, rather 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 those transgress a precept of Christ, who deny or withhold due support.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - If we. The we is in both clauses emphatic, to show that the argument applied directly to St. Paul's own case. Is it a great thing. An argument a fortiori. If ordinary labour is not undertaken gratuitously, is the spiritual labourer to be left to starve? St. Paul always recognized the rights of preachers and ministers, and stated them with emphasis (Galatians 6:6; Romans 15:27), although from higher motives he waived all personal claim to profit by the result of his arguments.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If we have sown unto you spiritual things,.... The preachers of the Gospel are compared to sowers of seed; the seed they sow is the word of God, which is like to seed, for its smallness and despicableness in the eyes of carnal men; and yet as the seed is the choicest which is laid by for sowing, the Gospel is most choice and excellent to true believers; like seed, it has a generative virtue through divine influence; and whereas unless sown into the earth, it brings forth no fruit, so neither does the word, unless it has a place in the heart, where, as seed in the ground, its operation is secret, its increase gradual, and its fruitfulness different. The ground they sow upon is, very various; some of their hearers are like the wayside, careless, ignorant, and on whom no impression is made; others are like the stony ground, who though for a while they express some affection and liking, yet not having the root of grace in them, whenever persecution arises, forsake the hearing of it; others are like the thorny ground, which are at first very promising, and greatly reformed, but inwardly full of the cares and lusts of the world, which choke the word, and make it unfruitful; and others are like the good ground, who are made good by the grace of God, understand the word, receive it, hold it fast, and in whom it is fruitful: sowing requires skill and art, and so preaching the Gospel does, and that more than human; and is constantly in its returning season to be attended to, notwithstanding the winds and clouds, and so the ministry of the word, notwithstanding all reproaches, persecutions, and afflictions; and as the same sort of seed, without mixture, and in plenty, is to be cast into the earth, so the same pure and unmixed Gospel of Christ is to be preached, and that without keeping back any thing that is profitable: and once more, as the sower, when he has cast his seed into the earth, waits long and with patience for its springing up and increase, so do the faithful dispensers of the Gospel: and what they sow or minister is of a spiritual nature; it comes from the Spirit of God, he is the dictator of it; he by his gifts qualifies men to preach it, and by his power makes it effectual to the souls of men; and through it conveys himself to them, as a spirit of regeneration and sanctification: the matter of the Gospel is spiritual; it contains spiritual doctrines, such as justification, pardon of sin, adoption, regeneration, &c. and are what concern the souls and spirits of men, and their spiritual and eternal welfare:

is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? meaning temporal ones, what concern the flesh, the body, the outward man, and the support thereof. The argument is from the greater to the less, and much the same with that in Romans 15:27. The difference between carnal and spiritual things is very great; the one has a vastly superior excellency to the other; and therefore if for carnal things men receive spiritual ones, they can be no losers thereby, but must be gainers; nor should it be thought any hardship or burden upon them, or any great and wonderful thing done by them, to support and maintain such who are so useful to their souls, and the spiritual welfare of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. we … we—emphatical in the Greek. We, the same persons who have sown to you the infinitely more precious treasures of the Spirit, may at least claim in return what is the only thing you have to give, namely, the goods that nourish the flesh ("your carnal things").

1 Corinthians 9:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Rights of the Apostles
10Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops. 11If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.…
Cross References
Romans 15:27
They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.

1 Corinthians 9:14
In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

Galatians 6:6
Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

Philippians 4:17
Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.
Treasury of Scripture

If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

sown.

Malachi 3:8,9 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein …

Matthew 10:10 Nor money for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor …

Romans 15:27 It has pleased them truly; and their debtors they are. For if the …

Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches …

a great.

2 Kings 5:13 And his servants came near, and spoke to him, and said, My father, …

2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed …

Jump to Previous
Benefits Carnal Fleshly Good Grain Great Harvest Material Matter Planting Reap Seed Sow Sowed Sown Spirit Spiritual Temporal
Jump to Next
Benefits Carnal Fleshly Good Grain Great Harvest Material Matter Planting Reap Seed Sow Sowed Sown Spirit Spiritual Temporal
Links
1 Corinthians 9:11 NIV
1 Corinthians 9:11 NLT
1 Corinthians 9:11 ESV
1 Corinthians 9:11 NASB
1 Corinthians 9:11 KJV

1 Corinthians 9:11 Bible Apps
1 Corinthians 9:11 Bible Suite
1 Corinthians 9:11 Biblia Paralela
1 Corinthians 9:11 Chinese Bible
1 Corinthians 9:11 French Bible
1 Corinthians 9:11 German Bible

Alphabetical: a among from harvest have If in is it material much reap seed sowed sown spiritual things too we you

NT Letters: 1 Corinthians 9:11 If we sowed to you spiritual things (1 Cor. 1C iC 1Cor i cor icor) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
1 Corinthians 9:10
Top of Page
Top of Page