1 Corinthians 9:4

4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink?

Read 1 Corinthians 9:4 Using Other Translations

Have we not power to eat and to drink?
Do we not have the right to eat and drink?
Don’t we have the right to live in your homes and share your meals?

What does 1 Corinthians 9:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Corinthians 9:4

Have we not power to eat and to drink?
] Having proved his apostleship, he proceeds to establish his right to a maintenance as a Gospel minister; which he expresses by various phrases, and confirms by divers arguments: by a "power to eat and drink", he does not mean the common power and right of mankind to perform such actions, which everyone has, provided he acts temperately, and to the glory of God; nor a liberty of eating and drinking things indifferent, or which were prohibited under the ceremonial law; but a comfortable livelihood at the public charge, or at the expense of the persons to whom he ministered; and he seems to have in view the words of Christ, ( Luke 10:7 Luke 10:8 ) .

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