The law of Moses (1 Cor. 9:9)

“It is written

In the law of Moses.

‘You shall not muzzle

An ox

When it is treading out

The grain.’

Is it for oxen

That God is concerned?”

ἐν γὰρ τῷ Μωϋσέως νόμῳ γέγραπται Οὐ κημώσεις βοῦν ἀλοῶντα. μὴ τῶν βοῶν μέλει τῷ Θεῷ;

Paul said that was written in the law of Moses (ἐν γὰρ τῷ Μωϋσέως νόμῳ γέγραπται) that you shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading (Οὐ κημώσεις βοῦν ἀλοῶνταout) or threshing out the grain (ἀλοῶντα).” It is for the oxen that God is concerned (μὴ τῶν βοῶν μέλει τῷ Θεῷ)? Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀλοῶντα that means to thresh wheat. Paul once again had a question after this citation from Deuteronomy, chapter 25:4, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treading out the grain.” The oxen were free to eat the grain as they treading on it. Thus, the Christian workers in Corinth should get support from the people in Corinth. If even the oxen are allowed to eat while they work, so too should the Christian leaders in Corinth be taken care of. Do you eat while you are working?

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