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1 Corinthians 3:5-8

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3:5 What is Apollos, really? Or what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, and each of us in the ministry the Lord gave us. 1  3:6 I planted, 2  Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. 3:7 So neither the one who plants counts for anything, 3  nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth. 3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, 4  but each will receive his reward according to his work.

1 tn Grk “and to each as the Lord gave.”

2 sn The expression I planted is generally taken to mean that Paul founded the church at Corinth. Later Apollos had a significant ministry there (watered). See also v. 10.

3 tn Grk “is anything.”

4 tn Grk “are one.” The purpose of this phrase is to portray unified action on the part of ministers underneath God’s sovereign control. Although they are in fact individuals, they are used by God with a single purpose to accomplish his will in facilitating growth. This emphasis is brought out in the translation “work as one.”



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