1 Corinthians 9:4
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Don't we have the right to food and drink?

New Living Translation
Don't we have the right to live in your homes and share your meals?

English Standard Version
Do we not have the right to eat and drink?

Berean Study Bible
Have we no right to food and to drink?

Berean Literal Bible
Have we no authority to eat and to drink?

New American Standard Bible
Do we not have a right to eat and drink?

King James Bible
Have we not power to eat and to drink?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't we have the right to eat and drink?

International Standard Version
We have the right to earn our food, don't we?

NET Bible
Do we not have the right to financial support?

New Heart English Bible
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why is it illegal for us to eat and to drink?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't we have the right to eat and drink?

New American Standard 1977
Do we not have a right to eat and drink?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do we not have authority to eat and to drink?

King James 2000 Bible
Have we not the right to eat and to drink?

American King James Version
Have we not power to eat and to drink?

American Standard Version
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Have not we power to eat and to drink?

Darby Bible Translation
Have we not a right to eat and to drink?

English Revised Version
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Webster's Bible Translation
Have we not power to eat and to drink?

Weymouth New Testament
Have we not a right to claim food and drink?

World English Bible
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Young's Literal Translation
have we not authority to eat and to drink?
Study Bible
The Rights of an Apostle
3This is my defense to those who scrutinize me: 4Have we no right to food and to drink? 5Have we no right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?…
Cross References
Acts 20:33
I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.

1 Corinthians 9:3
This is my defense to those who scrutinize me:

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

1 Thessalonians 2:6
Nor did we seek praise from you or from anyone else, although as apostles of Christ we had authority to demand it.

1 Thessalonians 2:9
Surely you recall, brothers, our labor and toil. We worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to anyone while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

2 Thessalonians 3:8
nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. Instead, in labor and toil, we worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:9
Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.
Treasury of Scripture

Have we not power to eat and to drink?

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1 Corinthians 9:7-14 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, …

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 Thessalonians 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when …

2 Thessalonians 3:8,9 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor …

1 Timothy 5:17,18 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, …

(4) Have we not power . . .?--This follows 1 Corinthians 6 after the parenthetical argument contained in 1Corinthians 9:2-3. Having established his right to be called an Apostle by the fact that he had seen the Lord, and had been instrumental in their conversion, he now in the same interrogative style asserts his rights as an Apostle. The use of the plural "we" carries on the thought that he is claiming this right as being one of the Apostles--all of whom have, as Apostles, such a right. The form in which the question is asked implies, Surely we have this right. This verse, taken in connection with 1Corinthians 8:9, where the same word in the Greek, "liberty," occurs in connection with eating, shows how this line of thought has grown out of the preceding subject. The question there, however, was that of eating meat offered to idols; the question here is the right to eat and drink (i.e., live) at the expense of the Church (Luke 10:7).

Verse 4. - To eat and to drink. To be supported by those to whom we preach (Luke 10:7). Have we not power to eat and to drink? Having proved his apostleship, he proceeds to establish his right to a maintenance as a Gospel minister; which he expresses by various phrases, and confirms by divers arguments: by a "power to eat and drink", he does not mean the common power and right of mankind to perform such actions, which everyone has, provided he acts temperately, and to the glory of God; nor a liberty of eating and drinking things indifferent, or which were prohibited under the ceremonial law; but a comfortable livelihood at the public charge, or at the expense of the persons to whom he ministered; and he seems to have in view the words of Christ, Luke 10:7. 4. Have we not power—Greek, "right," or lawful power, equivalent to "liberty" claimed by the Corinthians (1Co 8:9). The "we" includes with himself his colleagues in the apostleship. The Greek interrogative expresses, "You surely won't say (will you?) that we have not the power or right," etc.

eat and drink—without laboring with our hands (1Co 9:11, 13, 14). Paul's not exercising this right was made a plea by his opponents for insinuating that he was himself conscious he was no true apostle (2Co 12:13-16).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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