2 Timothy 2:6
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New International Version
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

New Living Translation
And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.

English Standard Version
It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

New American Standard Bible
The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.

King James Bible
The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The hardworking farmer ought to be the first to get a share of the crops.

International Standard Version
Furthermore, it is the hard working farmer who should have the first share of the crops.

NET Bible
The farmer who works hard ought to have the first share of the crops.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is fitting for the plowman who toils that he first be sustained by his crop.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A hard-working farmer should have the first share of the crops.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The husbandman, in order to receive the fruits, must first work hard.

King James 2000 Bible
The farmer that labors must be first partaker of the fruits.

American King James Version
The farmer that labors must be first partaker of the fruits.

American Standard Version
The husbandmen that laboreth must be the first to partake of the fruits.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.

Darby Bible Translation
The husbandman must labour before partaking of the fruits.

English Revised Version
The husbandman that laboureth must be the first to partake of the fruits.

Webster's Bible Translation
The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits.

Weymouth New Testament
The harvestman who labours in the field must be the first to get a share of the crop.

World English Bible
The farmers who labor must be the first to get a share of the crops.

Young's Literal Translation
the labouring husbandman it behoveth first of the fruits to partake;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-7 As our trials increase, we need to grow stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Christ stronger. This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength. All Christians, but especially ministers, must be faithful to their Captain, and resolute in his cause. The great care of a Christian must be to please Christ. We are to strive to get the mastery of our lusts and corruptions, but we cannot expect the prize unless we observe the laws. We must take care that we do good in a right manner, that our good may not be spoken evil of. Some who are active, spend their zeal about outward forms and doubtful disputations. But those who strive lawfully shall be crowned at last. If we would partake the fruits, we must labour; if we would gain the prize, we must run the race. We must do the will of God, before we receive the promises, for which reason we have need of patience. Together with our prayers for others, that the Lord would give them understanding in all things, we must exhort and stir them up to consider what they hear or read.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - The first to partake for first partaker, A.V. That laboureth (τὸν κοπιῶντα). Let not Timothy think to shirk labour and yet enjoy its fruits. (For κοπιάω, see note on 1 Timothy 5:17.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The husbandman that laboureth,.... In manuring his ground, in ploughing, in sowing, in weeding, in reaping, &c.

must be first partaker of the fruits; of his labour, before others; and the design may be to observe that the ministers of the word ought first to be partakers of the grace of God, the fruits of the Spirit, and of the Gospel, and rightly and spiritually understand it, before they preach it to others; or that such who labour in the word and doctrine, ought in the first place to be taken care of, and have a sufficient maintenance provided for them, 1 Corinthians 9:7 or that as they shall have in the first place some seals and fruits of their ministry, in the conversion of souls, so they shall shine in the kingdom of heaven as the brightness of the firmament, and as the stars for ever and ever. Though the words may be rendered, and which seems more agreeable to the context, and to the apostle's argument, "the husbandman must first labour before he partakes of the fruits"; so a minister of the Gospel must first labour, and endure hardships in this life, before he sits down in the kingdom of heaven, and takes his rest, and enjoys the crown of glory, which fades not away, which the chief Shepherd shall give unto him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. must be first partaker—The right of first partaking of the fruits belongs to him who is laboring; do not thou, therefore, relax thy labors, as thou wouldest be foremost in partaking of the reward. Conybeare explains "first," before the idler.

2 Timothy 2:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Grace and Perseverance
5Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.…
Cross References
Proverbs 27:18
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

1 Corinthians 9:10
Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.

2 Timothy 2:7
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Hebrews 6:7
Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.
Treasury of Scripture

The farmer that labors must be first partaker of the fruits.

husbandman.

Isaiah 28:24-26 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the …

Matthew 9:37,38 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but …

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

Matthew 21:33-41 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted …

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers …

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

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase…

1 Corinthians 9:7-11 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, …

that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. or, labouring first, must be partaker of the fruits.

1 Corinthians 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

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