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1 Corinthians 3:13


each builder’s 1  work will be plainly seen, for the Day 2  will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire 3  will test what kind of work each has done.


Isa 8:20; Isa 28:17; Jer 23:29; Eze 13:10-16; Zec 13:9; Mal 3:17; Lu 2:35; Ro 2:5,16; 1Co 1:8; 1Co 3:14,15; 1Co 4:5; 2Th 1:7-10; 2Ti 1:18; 2Ti 3:9; 1Pe 1:7; 1Pe 4:12; 2Pe 3:10; Re 20:12

NET © Notes

tn Grk “each one’s.” Here “builder’s” is employed in the translation for clarity.

tn In an attempt to clarify the referent, some translations add “of Christ” after “Day” (so TEV); others specify this as “judgment day” (NLT) or “the day of judgment” (CEV).

sn The Day refers to the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. 1:8; 5:5) when each Christian worker will appear before Christ for evaluation of his ministry. Paul’s constant motivation was to be pleasing to the Lord in that day (2 Cor 5:9-10) and receive his commendation (1 Cor 4:5).

tcαὐτό (auto) is found at this point in v. 13 in a number of significant witnesses, including A B C P 33 1739 al. But Ì46 א D Ψ 0289 1881 Ï latt lack it. The pronoun could be a motivated reading, designed to intensify Paul’s statement. On the other hand, it could have been deleted because the article alone made the reference already clear. In this instance, the possibility of scribal addition seems more likely than scribal deletion, although a decision is difficult. NA27 includes the word in brackets, indicating doubt as to its authenticity.

sn It is unclear whether the phrase it will be revealed by fire describes the Day (subject of the previous clause) or each one’s work (subject of the clause before that).

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