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

New Living Translation
In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.

English Standard Version
In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

Berean Study Bible
In the same way, the Lord has prescribed that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

Berean Literal Bible
So also, the Lord has prescribed to those proclaiming the gospel to live from the gospel.

New American Standard Bible
So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

King James Bible
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel.

International Standard Version
In the same way, the Lord has ordered that those who proclaim the gospel should make their living from the gospel.

NET Bible
In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel.

New Heart English Bible
Even so the Lord ordained that those who proclaim the Good News should live from the Good News.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way also our Lord commands that those who preach his Gospel shall live from his Gospel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who spread the Good News should earn their living from the Good News.

New American Standard 1977
So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even so the Lord has ordained that those who preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so has the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

American King James Version
Even so has the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

American Standard Version
Even so did the Lord ordain that they that proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So also the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel, should live by the gospel.

Darby Bible Translation
So also the Lord has ordained to those that announce the glad tidings to live of the glad tidings.

English Revised Version
Even so did the Lord ordain that they which proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live by the gospel.

Weymouth New Testament
In the same way the Lord also directed those who proclaim the Good News to maintain themselves by the Good News.

World English Bible
Even so the Lord ordained that those who proclaim the Good News should live from the Good News.

Young's Literal Translation
so also did the Lord direct to those proclaiming the good news: of the good news to live.
Study Bible
The Rights of an Apostle
13Do you not know that those who work in the temple eat of its food, and those who serve at the altar partake of its offerings? 14In the same way, the Lord has prescribed that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. 15But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that something be done for me. Indeed, I would rather die than for anyone to nullify my boast.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:10
Take no bag for the road, or second tunic, or sandals, or staff; for the worker is worthy of his provisions.

Luke 10:7
Stay at the same house, eating and drinking whatever you are offered. For the worker is worthy of his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

Luke 10:8
If you enter a town and they welcome you, eat whatever is set before you.

Acts 18:3
and he stayed and worked with them because they were tentmakers by trade, just as he was.

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

1 Corinthians 9:4
Have we no right to food and to drink?

1 Corinthians 9:11
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much for us to reap a material harvest from you?

1 Corinthians 9:12
If others have this right to your support, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not exercise this right. Instead, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:16
Yet when I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because I am obligated to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

2 Corinthians 2:12
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord,
Treasury of Scripture

Even so has the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

ordained. See on ver.

1 Corinthians 9:4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?

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

Luke 10:7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as …

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

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, …

(14) Even so.--These words explain why the Apostle again referred to Jewish law, after having in 1Corinthians 9:9 already made use of an appeal to the Law as an argument. It is now again referred to only to introduce the crowning argument that Christ Himself perpetuated this law in its application to the Christian ministry. (See Matthew 10:10; Luke 10:7.)

They which preach the gospel.--The preaching of the gospel is in the Christian ministry the function which corresponds to the offering of sacrifice in the Jewish priesthood. Bengel well remarks, "If the Mass were a sacrifice, Paul would undoubtedly have accommodated to it the apodosis here."

Verse 14. - Hath the Lord ordained (Matthew 10:10;.Luke 10:7). The reference has special interest, because it shows that St. Paul was at least orally familiar with the discourses of Christ. Indeed, there is nothing impossible or improbable in the supposition that some of these were already being circulated in manuscript. Should live of the gospel. If, that is, they desired and had need to do so. He does not say, "to live of the altar," because Christians have no "altar" except in the metaphorical sense in which the cross is called an altar in Hebrews 13:10. Even so hath the Lord ordained,.... That is, the Lord Jesus Christ, in Matthew 10:10 it is an order and appointment of his that his ministering servants, who labour in preaching his Gospel, should be sufficiently taken care of, as to a comfortable livelihood; he has not indeed fixed it in the same way as the priests and Levites had theirs under the law; but as the one was just and right, that they should be maintained out of the things belonging to the temple and altar, and live on them, so it is his will and pleasure,

that they which preach the Gospel; that continue to do so, that labour, and not loiter in the word and doctrine, who do the work of the ministry fully and faithfully, and not bear the name only of Gospel preachers: should live of the Gospel; not the Gospel itself, which is spiritual, and not corporeal food; but the sense is, that in consideration and because of their preaching the Gospel, they should be supplied with the proper necessaries of life: the learned Mr. Mede has proved, by various instances, that the word here rendered "Gospel", and which signifies good news and glad tidings, is in other writers used for a reward, given to such that bring good tidings; and has rightly observed, that the Hebrew word which signifies the same, is used in a like sense in 2 Samuel 4:10 and accordingly the sense here will be, that it is the ordination of Christ, that such who faithfully bring the news and glad tidings of salvation to sinners, should, as a reward for such good news, be provided for with a comfortable maintenance, on which they should live. 14. Even so—The only inference to be drawn from this passage is, not that the Christian ministry is of a sacrificial character as the Jewish priesthood, but simply, that as the latter was supported by the contributions of the people, so should the former. The stipends of the clergy were at first from voluntary offerings at the Lord's Supper. At the love-feast preceding it every believer, according to his ability, offered a gift; and when the expense of the table had been defrayed, the bishop laid aside a portion for himself, the presbyters, and deacons; and with the rest relieved widows, orphans, confessors, and the poor generally [Tertullian, Apology, 39]. The stipend was in proportion to the dignity and merits of the several bishops, presbyters, and deacons [Cyprian, c. 4, ep. 6].

preach … gospel—plainly marked as the duty of the Christian minister, in contrast to the ministering about sacrifices (Greek) and waiting at the altar of the Jewish priesthood and Levites (1Co 9:13). If the Lord's Supper were a sacrifice (as the Mass is supposed to be), this fourteenth verse would certainly have been worded so, to answer to 1Co 9:13. Note the same Lord Christ "ordains" the ordinances in the Old and in the New Testaments (Mt 10:10; Lu 10:7).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.
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