Galatians 6:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 6:6, NIV: Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

Galatians 6:6, ESV: Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.

Galatians 6:6, KJV: Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Galatians 6:6, NASB: The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.

Galatians 6:6, NLT: Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

Galatians 6:6, CSB: Let the one who is taught the word share all his good things with the teacher.

What does Galatians 6:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is providing a series of instructions to the Galatian Christians for how those in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, should live together.

This verse serves as part of the basis for the practice of Christian churches paying their pastors out of the voluntary giving of the people. One of the spiritual gifts mentioned in several passages in the New Testament is that of pastor/teacher. These are people given the unique ability by God to teach His Word to others. Sometimes, those with this gift make teaching in the church their full-time occupation.

Paul does not go into that level of detail here. Instead he simply says that those who are taught the Word, meaning the Scriptures, should share "all good things" with those who teach. Since this verse comes immediately after Paul's instruction that each of us must bear our load, he may be implying that providing for those who teach the Word is part of the load each of us should carry.