9 For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.

Other Translations of 1 Corinthians 3:9

King James Version

9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, husbandry: or, tillage ye are God's building.

English Standard Version

9 For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

The Message

9 What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God's field in which we are working.

New King James Version

9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.

New Living Translation

9 For we are both God's workers. And you are God's field. You are God's building.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:9

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.