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1 Corinthians 3:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I have planted, Apollos watered: but God hath given the increase.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— *I* have planted; Apollos watered; but God has given the increase.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I, planted, Apollos, watered,—but, God, caused to, grow.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I planted, Apollos watered, but God was giving growth;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I have planted, Apollo watered: but God gave the increase.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I haue planted, Apollo watered: but God gaue the encrease.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— I have planted, and Apollo watered, but Aloha made to increase.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— I planted, and Apollos watered; but God produced the growth.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I 1473
{1473} Prime
ἐγώ
ego
{eg-o'}
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
have planted, 5452
{5452} Prime
φυτεύω
phuteuo
{foot-yoo'-o}
From a derivative of G5453; to set out in the earth, that is, implant. Figuratively to instil doctrine.
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
Apollos 625
{0625} Prime
Ἀπολλῶς
Apollos
{ap-ol-loce'}
Probably from the same as G0624; Apollos, an Israelite.
watered; 4222
{4222} Prime
ποτίζω
potizo
{pot-id'-zo}
From a derivative of the alternate of G4095; to furnish drink, irrigate.
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
God 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
gave the increase. 837
{0837} Prime
αὐξάνω
auxano
{owx-an'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to grow ('wax'), that is, enlarge (literally or figuratively, actively or passively).
z5707
<5707> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 855
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 3:6

_ _ I ... planted, Apollos watered — (Acts 18:1; Acts 19:1). Apollos at his own desire (Acts 18:27) was sent by the brethren to Corinth, and there followed up the work which Paul had begun.

_ _ God gave the increase — that is, the growth (1 Corinthians 3:10; Acts 18:27). “Believed through grace.” Though ministers are nothing, and God all in all, yet God works by instruments, and promises the Holy Spirit in the faithful use of means. This is the dispensation of the Spirit, and ours is the ministry of the Spirit.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:5-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 3:6

(3) I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

(3) He beautifies the former sentence, with two similarities: first comparing the company of the faithful to a field which God makes fruitful, when it is sown and watered through the labour of his servants. Second, be comparing it to a house, which indeed the Lord builds, but by the hands of his workmen, some of whom he uses in laying the foundation, others in building it up. Now, both these similarities are for this purpose, to show that all things are wholly accomplished only by God's authority and might, so that we must only have an eye to him. Moreover, although God uses some in the better part of the work, we must not therefore condemn others, in respect of them, and much less may we divide or set them apart (as these factious men did) seeing that all of them labour in God's business. They work in such a way, that they serve to finish the very same work, although by a different manner of working, in so much that they all need one another's help.

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I:

1 Corinthians 3:9-10 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building. ... According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1 Corinthians 4:14-15 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn [you]. ... For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
1 Corinthians 9:7-11 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? ... If we have sown unto you spiritual things, [is it] a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; ... Therefore whether [it were] I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
Acts 18:4-11 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. ... And he continued [there] a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
2 Corinthians 10:14-15 For we stretch not ourselves beyond [our measure], as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in [preaching] the gospel of Christ: ... Not boasting of things without [our] measure, [that is], of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

Apollos:

Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, [and] mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
Acts 18:26-27 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto [them], and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. ... And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:
Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

God:

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Psalms 62:9 Surely men of low degree [are] vanity, [and] men of high degree [are] a lie: to be laid in the balance, they [are] altogether [lighter] than vanity.
Psalms 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power [belongeth] unto God.
Psalms 92:13-15 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. ... To shew that the LORD [is] upright: [he is] my rock, and [there is] no unrighteousness in him.
Psalms 127:1 [[A Song of degrees for Solomon.]] Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain.
Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: ... So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Acts 21:19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
Romans 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
2 Corinthians 3:2-5 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: ... Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God;
1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
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Ps 62:9, 11; 92:13; 127:1. Pv 11:25. Is 55:10; 61:11. Ac 11:18; 14:27; 16:14; 18:4, 24, 26; 19:1; 21:19. Ro 15:18. 1Co 1:30; 3:9; 4:14; 9:1, 7; 15:1, 10. 2Co 3:2; 10:14. 1Th 1:5.

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