2 Timothy 2:6
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English Standard Version
It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

King James Bible
The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

American Standard Version
The husbandmen that laboreth must be the first to partake of the fruits.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.

English Revised Version
The husbandman that laboureth must be the first to partake of the fruits.

Webster's Bible Translation
The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits.

Weymouth New Testament
The harvestman who labours in the field must be the first to get a share of the crop.

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Vincent's Word Studies

The husbandman that laboreth (τὸν κοπιῶντα γεωργὸν)

The verb implies hard, wearisome toil. See on 1 Thessalonians 1:3; see on 1 Thessalonians 5:12. Γεωργός husbandman, only here in Pastorals. oP. See on John 15:1.

Must be first partaker (δεῖ πρῶτον - μεταλαμβάνειν)

Better, Must be the first to partake. His is the first right to the fruits of his labor in the gospel. The writer seems to have in his eye 1 Corinthians 9:7, where there is a similar association of military service and farming to illustrate the principle that they who proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel. Μεταλαμβάνειν to partake, oP, and only here in Pastorals. Paul uses μετέχειν. See 1 Corinthians 9:10, 1 Corinthians 9:12; 1 Corinthians 10:17, 1 Corinthians 10:21, 1 Corinthians 10:30.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

husbandman.

Isaiah 28:24-26 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the clods of his ground...

Matthew 9:37,38 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few...

Matthew 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder...

Matthew 21:33-41 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and dig a wine press in it...

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest...

John 4:35-38 Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields...

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase...

1 Corinthians 9:7-11 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? or who feeds a flock...

that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. or, labouring first, must be partaker of the fruits.

1 Corinthians 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

Cross References
Proverbs 27:18
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.

1 Corinthians 9:10
Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.

2 Timothy 2:7
Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Hebrews 6:7
For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.

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