1 Timothy 5:18

18 For the scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox [while it] is threshing," and "The worker [is] worthy of his wages."

1 Timothy 5:18 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 18 For the Scripture saith
In ( Deuteronomy 25:4 )

thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn;
(See Gill on 1 Corinthians 9:9). (See Gill on 1 Corinthians 9:10). The ox, for its strength and labour, is a fit emblem of a Gospel minister; and its treading the corn out of the husk and ear aptly represents the beating out, as it were, of Gospel truths, by the ministers of it, their making the doctrines of the Gospel clear, plain, and evident to the understandings of men; wherefore, as the ox was not muzzled when it trod out the corn, but might freely and largely feed upon it, so such who labour in the preaching of the Gospel ought to have a sufficient and competent maintenance: for which purpose this citation is made, as also the following:

and the labourer is worthy of his reward;
which seems to be taken from ( Luke 10:7 ) which Gospel was now written, and in the hands of the apostle; who here, by two testimonies, the one from Moses, and the other from Christ, supports the right of the honourable maintenance of the ministers of the Gospel.

1 Timothy 5:18 In-Context

16 If any believing woman has widows, she must help them, and the church must not be burdened, in order that it may help those [who are] truly widows.
17 The elders who lead well must be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor by speaking and teaching.
18 For the scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox [while it] is threshing," and "The worker [is] worthy of his wages."
19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
20 Reprove those who sin in the presence of all, in order that the rest also may experience fear.

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. *Here "[while]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("threshing") which is understood as temporal
  • [b]. A quotation from Deut 25:4
  • [c]. A quotation from Luke 10:7
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