For we are laborers together with God - We do nothing of ourselves, nor in reference to ourselves; we labor together in that work which God has given us to do, expect all our success from him, and refer the whole to his glory. It would perhaps be more correct to translate , we are fellow laborers of God; for, as the preposition may express the joint labor of the teachers one with another, and not with God, I had rather, with Bishop Pearce, translate as above: i.e. we labor together in the work of God. Far from being divided among ourselves, we jointly labor, as oxen in the same yoke, to promote the honor of our Master.
Ye are God' s husbandry, ye are God' s building - , · The word , which we translate husbandry, signifies properly an arable field; so Proverbs 24:30 : I went by the Field, , of the slothful; and Proverbs 31:16 : The wise woman considereth a Field, , and buyeth it. It would be more literal to translate it, Ye are God' s farm: in Greek answers to sadeh in Hebrew, which signifies properly a sown field.
Ye are God' s building. - Ye are not only the field which God cultivates, but ye are the house which God builds, and in which he intends to dwell. As no man in viewing a fine building extols the quarryman that dug up the stones, the hewer that cut and squared them, the mason that placed them in the wall, the woodman that hewed down the timber, the carpenter that squared and jointed it, etc., but the architect who planned it, and under whose direction the whole work was accomplished; so no man should consider Paul, or Apollos, or Kephas, any thing, but as persons employed by the great Architect to form a building which is to become a habitation of himself through the Spirit, and the design of which is entirely his own.
Other Adam Clarke entries containing 1 Corinthians 3:9:
2 Samuel 7:25
1 Corinthians 3:16
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