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1 Corinthians 9:8

    1 Corinthians 9:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Say I these things as a man? or said not the law the same also?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law also the same?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Am I talking as a man? does not the law say the same?

    Webster's Revision

    Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law also the same?

    World English Bible

    Do I speak these things according to the ways of men? Or doesn't the law also say the same thing?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law also the same?

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:8

    Say I these things as a man? - Is this only human reasoning? or does not God say in effect the same things? See note on Romans 6:19.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 9:8

    Say I these things as a man? - Do I speak this on my own authority, or without the sanction of God? Is not this, which appears to be so reasonable and equitable, also supported by the authority of God?

    Or saith not the law the same also? - The Law of Moses, to which the "Jewish" part of the church at Corinth - which probably had mainly urged these objections - professed to bow with deference. Paul was accustomed, especially in arguing with the Jews, to derive his proofs from the Old Testament. In the previous verse he had shown that it was equitable that ministers of the gospel should be supported. In this and the following verses he shows that the same principle was recognized and acted on under the Jewish dispensation. He does not mean to say, by this example of the ox treading out the grain, that the law as given by Moses referred to the Christian ministry; but that the principle there was settled that the laborer should have a support, and that a suitable provision should not be withheld even from an ox; and if God so regarded the welfare of a brute when laboring, it was much more reasonable to suppose that he would require a suitable provision to be made for the ministers of religion.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 9:8

    9:8 Do I speak as a man - Barely on the authority of human reason? Does not God also say, in effect, the same thing? The ox that treadeth out the corn - This was the custom in Judea, and many eastern nations. In several of them it is retained still. And at this day, horses tread out the corn in some parts of Germany.