1 TIMOTHY 5:18




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“For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

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1 Timothy 5:18 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
scripture γραφή A document, i.e., holy Writ (or its contents or a statement in it) scripture
saith, λέγει Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saith
Thou shalt φιμώσεις To muzzle Thou shalt
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
muzzle φιμώσεις To muzzle muzzle
the ox Βοῦν An ox (as grazing), i.e., an animal of that species ("beef") ox
that treadeth out the corn. ἀλοῶντα To tread out grain treadeth out corn
And, καί And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
The The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) The
labourer ἐργάτης A toiler; figuratively, a teacher labourer
is (No Greek definition. English implied.)
worthy Ἄξιος Deserving, comparable or suitable (as if drawing praise) worthy
of his αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons of his
reward. μισθοῦ Pay for service (literally or figuratively), good or bad reward

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  • 16  If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

  • 17  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

  • 18  For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

  • 19  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

  • 20  Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.


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