7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
7 It's not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow.
7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
7 It's not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What's important is that God makes the seed grow.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:7
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:5-9
(Read 1 Corinthians 3:5-9)
The ministers about whom the Corinthians contended, were only instruments used by God. We should not put ministers into the place of God. He that planteth and he that watereth are one, employed by one Master, trusted with the same revelation, busied in one work, and engaged in one design. They have their different gifts from one and the same Spirit, for the very same purposes; and should carry on the same design heartily. Those who work hardest shall fare best. Those who are most faithful shall have the greatest reward. They work together with God, in promoting the purposes of his glory, and the salvation of precious souls; and He who knows their work, will take care they do not labour in vain. They are employed in his husbandry and building; and He will carefully look over them.