1 Corinthians 9:4
New International Version
Don’t we have the right to food and drink?

New Living Translation
Don’t we have the right to live in your homes and share your meals?

English Standard Version
Do we not have the right to eat and drink?

Berean Study Bible
Have we no right to food and to drink?

Berean Literal Bible
Have we no authority to eat and to drink?

King James Bible
Have we not power to eat and to drink?

New King James Version
Do we have no right to eat and drink?

New American Standard Bible
Do we not have a right to eat and drink?

NASB 1995
Do we not have a right to eat and drink?

NASB 1977
Do we not have a right to eat and drink?

Amplified Bible
Have we not the right to our food and drink [at the expense of the churches]?

Christian Standard Bible
Don’t we have the right to eat and drink?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t we have the right to eat and drink?

American Standard Version
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why is it illegal for us to eat and to drink?

Contemporary English Version
that Barnabas and I have the right to our food and drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Have not we power to eat and to drink?

English Revised Version
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Good News Translation
Don't I have the right to be given food and drink for my work?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't we have the right to eat and drink?

International Standard Version
We have the right to earn our food, don't we?

Literal Standard Version
do we not have authority to eat and to drink?

NET Bible
Do we not have the right to financial support?

New Heart English Bible
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Weymouth New Testament
Have we not a right to claim food and drink?

World English Bible
Have we no right to eat and to drink?

Young's Literal Translation
have we not authority to eat and to drink?

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Rights of an Apostle
3This is my defense to those who scrutinize me: 4Have we no right to food and to drink? 5Have we no right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?…

Cross References
Acts 20:33
I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.

1 Corinthians 9:3
This is my defense to those who scrutinize me:

1 Corinthians 9:14
In the same way, the Lord has prescribed that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

1 Thessalonians 2:6
Nor did we seek praise from you or from anyone else, although as apostles of Christ we had authority to demand it.

1 Thessalonians 2:9
Surely you recall, brothers, our labor and toil. We worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to anyone while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

2 Thessalonians 3:8
nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. Instead, in labor and toil, we worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:9
Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.


Treasury of Scripture

Have we not power to eat and to drink?

we.

1 Corinthians 9:7-14
Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? …

Matthew 10:10
Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

Luke 10:7
And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.









(4) Have we not power . . .?--This follows 1 Corinthians 6 after the parenthetical argument contained in 1Corinthians 9:2-3. Having established his right to be called an Apostle by the fact that he had seen the Lord, and had been instrumental in their conversion, he now in the same interrogative style asserts his rights as an Apostle. The use of the plural "we" carries on the thought that he is claiming this right as being one of the Apostles--all of whom have, as Apostles, such a right. The form in which the question is asked implies, Surely we have this right. This verse, taken in connection with 1Corinthians 8:9, where the same word in the Greek, "liberty," occurs in connection with eating, shows how this line of thought has grown out of the preceding subject. The question there, however, was that of eating meat offered to idols; the question here is the right to eat and drink (i.e., live) at the expense of the Church (Luke 10:7).

Verse 4. - To eat and to drink. To be supported by those to whom we preach (Luke 10:7).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Have we
ἔχομεν (echomen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

no
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

right
ἐξουσίαν (exousian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1849: From exesti; privilege, i.e. force, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery, delegated influence.

to food
φαγεῖν (phagein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 5315: A primary verb; to eat.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

to drink?
πεῖν (pein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 4095: To drink, imbibe. A prolonged form of pio, which poo occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses; to imbibe.


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