He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward…
For instance, what wholly different spheres of duty are assigned to the clergy and the laity! And we are told that he who labours with great earnestness in the work of a clergyman has a reward of peculiar splendour within reach, inasmuch as " they who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever." But it is evident from our text that the same reward is attainable by others who have never been called to the clergyman's work. They who have not been "prophets" may "receive a prophet's reward;" and if an individual have upheld a clergyman in his arduous and most responsible calling, strengthening him by such assistances as the occasion demands, sustaining him when assailed, cheering him when disheartened, and all out of love for his office, and desire for his success, so that he receives the pastor in the name of a pastor, we may say of such an individual that in Gods sight lie takes part in the clergyman's labours.
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.