1 Corinthians 3:9
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English Standard Version
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

King James Bible
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

American Standard Version
For we are God's fellow-workers: ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we are God's coadjutors: you are God's husbandry; you are God's building.

English Revised Version
For we are God's fellow-workers: ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

Weymouth New Testament
Apollos and I are simply fellow workers for and with God, and you are *God's* field-- *God's* building.

1 Corinthians 3:9 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

God's

In this and the two following clauses, God is emphatic. "It is of God that ye are the fellow-workers."

Husbandry (γεώργιον)

Rev., in margin, tilled land. Only here in the New Testament. Bengel says: "Embracing field, garden, and vineyard."

Building (οἰκοδομή)

Paul's metaphors are drawn from the works and customs of men rather than from the works of nature. "In his epistles," says Archdeacon Farrar, "we only breathe the air of cities and synagogues." The abundance of architectural metaphors is not strange in view of the magnificent temples and public buildings which he was continually seeing at Antioch, Athens, Corinth, and Ephesus. His frequent use of to build and building in a moral and spiritual sense is noteworthy. In this sense the two words οἰκοδομέω and οἰκοδομή occur twenty-six times in the New Testament, and in all but two cases in Paul's writings. Peter uses build in a similar sense; 1 Peter 2:5. See edify, edification, build, Acts 9:31; Romans 15:20; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 1 Corinthians 8:10, where emboldened is literally built up, and is used ironically. Also Romans 14:19; Romans 15:2; 1 Corinthians 14:3; Ephesians 2:21, etc. It is worth noting that in the Epistle to the Hebrews, while the same metaphor occurs, different words are used. Thus in Hebrews 3:3, Hebrews 3:4, built, builded, represent κατασκευάζω to prepare. In Hebrews 11:10, τεχνίτης artificer, and δημιουργὸς, lit., a workman for the public: A.V., builder and maker. This fact has a bearing on the authorship of the epistle. In earlier English, edify was used for build in the literal sense. Thus Piers Ploughman: "I shal overturne this temple and a-down throwe it, and in thre daies after edifie it newe." See on Acts 20:32. In the double metaphor of the field and the building, the former furnishes the mould of Paul's thought in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, and the latter in 1 Corinthians 3:10-17. Edwards remarks that the field describes the raw material on which God works, the house the result of the work.

1 Corinthians 3:9 Parallel Commentaries

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we.

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

Matthew 9:37 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

3 John 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.

ye are God's.

Psalm 65:9-13 You visit the earth, and water it: you greatly enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water: you prepare them corn...

Psalm 72:16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth on the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon...

Psalm 80:8-11 You have brought a vine out of Egypt: you have cast out the heathen, and planted it...

Isaiah 5:1-7 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill...

Isaiah 27:2,3 In that day sing you to her, A vineyard of red wine...

Isaiah 28:24-29 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the clods of his ground...

Isaiah 32:20 Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the donkey.

Isaiah 61:3,5,11 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning...

Jeremiah 2:21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then are you turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine to me?

Matthew 13:3-9,18-30,36-42 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow...

Matthew 20:1-14 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder...

Matthew 21:23-44 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said...

Mark 4:26-29 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground...

John 4:35-38 Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields...

John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer...

husbandry. or, tillage. ye are God's building.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Amos 9:11,12 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins...

Zechariah 6:12,13 And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH...

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them...

Ephesians 2:10,20-22 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them...

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God...

Hebrews 3:3,4,6 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house...

1 Peter 2:5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices...

Cross References
Proverbs 9:1
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.

Isaiah 61:3
to grant to those who mourn in Zion-- to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

Matthew 15:13
He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.

Mark 16:20
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]

John 15:1
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

2 Corinthians 6:1
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

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