1 Corinthians 9:14

14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
ESV
14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
NLT
14 In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.
MSG
14 Along the same lines, the Master directed that those who spread the Message be supported by those who believe the Message.
CSB
14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:14 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 9:14

Even so hath the Lord ordained
That is, the Lord Jesus Christ, in ( Matthew 10:10 ) ( Luke 10:7 Luke 10:8 ) it is an order and appointment of his that his ministering servants, who labour in preaching his Gospel, should be sufficiently taken care of, as to a comfortable livelihood; he has not indeed fixed it in the same way as the priests and Levites had theirs under the law; but as the one was just and right, that they should be maintained out of the things belonging to the temple and altar, and live on them, so it is his will and pleasure,

that they which preach the Gospel;
that continue to do so, that labour, and not loiter in the word and doctrine, who do the work of the ministry fully and faithfully, and not bear the name only of Gospel preachers: should live of the Gospel; not the Gospel itself, which is spiritual, and not corporeal food; but the sense is, that in consideration and because of their preaching the Gospel, they should be supplied with the proper necessaries of life: the learned Mr. Mede has proved, by various instances, that the word (euaggelion) , here rendered "Gospel", and which signifies good news and glad tidings, is in other writers used for a reward, given to such that bring good tidings; and has rightly observed, that the Hebrew word (hrvb) , which signifies the same, is used in a like sense in ( 2 Samuel 4:10 ) and accordingly the sense here will be, that it is the ordination of Christ, that such who faithfully bring the news and glad tidings of salvation to sinners, should, as a reward for such good news, be provided for with a comfortable maintenance, on which they should live.

1 Corinthians 9:14 In-Context

12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?
14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.
15 But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast.
16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 10:10; S 1 Timothy 5:18