9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain [to keep it from eating the grain].” Is it [only] for oxen that God cares?10 Or does He speak entirely for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake: The plowman ought to plow [a]in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the harvest.
1 Corinthians 9:10In the NT the word “hope” expresses a cherished desire along with the confident assurance of obtaining that which is longed for.
17 The elders who perform their leadership duties well are to be considered worthy of double honor (financial support), especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching [the word of God concerning eternal salvation through Christ]. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain [to keep it from eating],” and, “The worker is worthy of his wages [he deserves fair compensation].”
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