1 Corinthians 9:6
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Or is it only I and Barnabas who lack the right to not work for a living?

New Living Translation
Or is it only Barnabas and I who have to work to support ourselves?

English Standard Version
Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?

Berean Study Bible
Or are Barnabas and I the only apostles who must work for a living?

Berean Literal Bible
Or only I and Barnabas, have we no authority not to work?

New American Standard Bible
Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?

King James Bible
Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or do Barnabas and I alone have no right to refrain from working?

International Standard Version
Or is it only Barnabas and I who have to keep on working for a living?

NET Bible
Or do only Barnabas and I lack the right not to work?

New Heart English Bible
Or have only Barnabas and I no right to not work?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or is it only BarNaba and I who have no authority not to labor?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Or is it only Barnabas and I who don't have any rights, except to find work to support ourselves?

New American Standard 1977
Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do only Barnabas and I not have authority to forbear working?

King James 2000 Bible
Or I only and Barnabas, have not we the right to forbear working?

American King James Version
Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

American Standard Version
Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to do this?

Darby Bible Translation
Or I alone and Barnabas, have we not a right not to work?

English Revised Version
Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?

Webster's Bible Translation
Or I only and Barnabas, have we not power to forbear working?

Weymouth New Testament
Or again, is it only Barnabas and myself who are not at liberty to give up working with our hands?

World English Bible
Or have only Barnabas and I no right to not work?

Young's Literal Translation
or only I and Barnabas, have we not authority -- not to work?
Study Bible
The Rights of an Apostle
5Have we no right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas? 6Or are Barnabas and I the only apostles who must work for a living? 7Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not drink of its milk?…
Cross References
Acts 4:36
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (meaning Son of Encouragement),

1 Corinthians 11:16
If anyone is inclined to dispute this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God.

2 Corinthians 11:8
I robbed other churches by accepting their support in order to serve you.
Treasury of Scripture

Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

Barnabas.

Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, …

Acts 11:22 Then tidings of these things came to the ears of the church which …

Acts 13:1,2,50 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets …

Acts 14:12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he …

Acts 15:36,37 And some days after Paul said to Barnabas…

have.

1 Corinthians 4:11,12 Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, …

Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he stayed with them, and worked: …

Acts 20:34,35 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my …

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night …

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not …

(6) Or I only and Barnabas.--"Or" here does not introduce a question which implies a new right in addition to the rights already claimed, but it completes the argument. Granting the existence of the rights established by the previous questions, the Apostle now says--still preserving the interrogative form--"These things being so, the only way you can possibly do away with this right is by making exceptions of myself and Barnabas." The form in which the question is put shows the impossibility of any such arbitrary exception being made. They as well as the others had the right to abstain from working for their living. Barnabas' early association with St. Paul (Acts 11:30; Acts 12:25; Acts 15:38) probably led him to adopt the Apostle's practice of supporting himself, and not being dependent on his fellow-Christians. The word "only" implies that all the other Apostles and brethren of the Lord exercised their right of maintenance by the Church.

Verse 6. - And Barnabas. Like St. Paul, Barnabas was in every respect a genuine apostle, by the Divine call (Acts 13:2; Galatians 2:9), though not one of the twelve. He seems to have continued in his separate mission work the practice of independence which he had learnt from St. Paul. This allusion is interesting, because it is the last time that the name of Barnabas occurs, and it shows that, even after the quarrel and separation, Paul regarded him with love and esteem. To forbear working. To give up the manual labour by which we maintain ourselves without any expense to the Churches (Acts 18:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:8, 9). If, then, St. Paul toiled at the dull, mechanical, despised, and ill paid work of tent making, he did so, not because it was, in the abstract, his duty to earn his own living, but because he chose to be nobly independent, that the absolute disinterestedness of his motives might be manifest to all the world. For this reason even when he was most in need he would never receive assistance from any Church except that of Philippi, where he had at least one wealthy convert, and where he was beloved with a peculiar warmth of affection. Or I only and Barnabas,.... Who were for a great while companions and fellow travellers; are we alone? are we exempted from those rights and privileges, common to others?

have not we power to forbear working? that is, with their hands, at their trades and occupations, to get their living by: Paul worked at his trade, and so it seems Barnabas did likewise: Paul wrought with his hands at Corinth, in company with Aquila and Priscilla, they being tentmakers as he, Acts 18:3 and so he did in other places; he appeals for the truth of this to the elders of the church at Ephesus, Acts 20:34 and to the church of the Thessalonians, 1 Thessalonians 2:9 not but that he had a right and power to leave off business, to forbear working, and require a maintenance from those to whom he ministered; but for some reasons he chose not to make use of this his power and liberty, because he would not be chargeable to them; and lest that upon his first preaching the Gospel to them, they should think he had worldly selfish ends in view, and not the good of souls, and glory of Christ; however, he hereby lets them know, that though Barnabas and he continued to get their bread by their own hand labour, they had a right to quit their trades, and throw themselves upon them for a maintenance. The apostle seems, in this, to imitate the ancient, wise, and holy men of his nation, who taught the law freely, and took nothing for it; not that they thought it was unlawful, or that they had no right to a maintenance on account of it, but for the honour of religion, and that piety they professed; and lest the law should be thought to be made a trade of, they chose not to insist upon it (d).

(d) Maimon. & Bartenora in Pirke Abot, c. 4. sect. 5. 6. Barnabas—long the associate of Paul, and, like him, in the habit of self-denyingly forbearing to claim the maintenance which is a minister's right. So Paul supported himself by tent-making (Ac 18:3; 20:34; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8).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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