1 Corinthians 9:11
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?

Berean Study Bible
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much for us to reap a material harvest from you?

Berean Literal Bible
If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it a great thing if we will 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?

New King James Version
If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?

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

NASB 1995
If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

NASB 1977
If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we should reap material things from you?

Amplified Bible
If we have sown [the good seed of] spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

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

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

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

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?

Contemporary English Version
When we told the message to you, it was like planting spiritual seed. So we have the right to accept material things as our harvest from you.

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

Good News Translation
We have sown spiritual seed among you. Is it too much if we reap material benefits from you?

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?

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

Literal Standard Version
If we sowed to you the spiritual things—[is it] great if we reap your fleshly things?

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

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

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Rights of an Apostle
10Isn’t He actually speaking on our behalf? Indeed, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they should also expect to share in the harvest. 11If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much for us to reap a material harvest from you? 12If 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.…

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 their spiritual blessings, they are obligated to minister to them with material blessings.

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.

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

Philippians 4:17
Not that I am seeking a gift, but I am looking for the fruit that may 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 ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings…

Matthew 10:10
Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

Romans 15:27
It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

a great.

2 Kings 5:13
And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

2 Corinthians 11:15
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.









(11) If we have sown unto you spiritual things.--The two sentences in this verse contain a striking double antithesis, the "we" and "you" being emphatic, and "spiritual" being opposed to "carnal." The spiritual things are, of course, the things of the Spirit of God, by which their spiritual natures are sustained; the carnal things those which the teachers might expect in return, the ordinary support of their physical nature. The force of the climax will be better realised if we notice that the previous argument proved the right of a labourer to receive a remuneration the same in kind as was the quality of his labour. A plougher or a sower would have his reward in a harvest of the same kind as he had sown. That being the principle recognised in civilised life, and sanctioned by the object which the Law of God had in view, the Apostle adds, with a slight touch of sarcasm--Such being an ordinary thing in life, is it a great thing for us to have a reward as inferior to our work as carnal things are to spiritual things?

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
If
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

we
ἡμεῖς (hēmeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

have sown
ἐσπείραμεν (espeiramen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 4687: To sow, spread, scatter. Probably strengthened from spao; to scatter, i.e. Sow.

spiritual [seed]
πνευματικὰ (pneumatika)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4152: Spiritual. From pneuma; non-carnal, i.e. ethereal, or a spirit, or supernatural, regenerate, religious.

among you,
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

[is it] too much
μέγα (mega)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

for us
ἡμεῖς (hēmeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

to reap
θερίσομεν (therisomen)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 2325: To reap, gather, harvest. From theros; to harvest.

a material [harvest]
σαρκικὰ (sarkika)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4559: Fleshly, carnal, earthly. From sarx; pertaining to flesh, i.e. bodily, temporal, or animal, unregenerate.

from you?
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.


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