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2 Corinthians 8–9

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8 Moreover, brethren, awe do you to wit of aathe grace of God bestowed on the churches of bMacedonia; How that in a great ctrial of affliction dthe abundance of their joy and dtheir deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For eto their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were fwilling of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty gthat we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of hthe ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us iby the will of God. Insomuch that jwe desired kTitus, that as he had xbegun, so he would also finish in you the same ||grace also. Therefore, as lye abound in every thing, in faith, and mutterance, and mknowledge, and in all ndiligence, and in oyour love to us, see pthat ye abound in this grace also. qI speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the nforwardness of others, and qqto prove the sincerity of oyour love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, rthough he was rich, yet rsfor your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty tmight be rich. 10 And herein uI give my advice: for wthis is expedient for you, who have xbegun before, not only to do, but also to be forward ya year ago. 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a zreadiness to will, so there may be a performance also eout of athat which ye have. 12 For bif there be first za willing mind, it is caccepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14 But by an dequality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply efor their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be dequality: 15 As it is written, fHe that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

16 But thanks be to God, gwhich put the same hearnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17 For indeed he accepted ithe exhortation; but being hmore forward, jof his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him kthe brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout kkall the churches; 19 And not that only, but who was also lchosen of the churches mto travel with us with this ||grace, which is nadministered by us oto the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your zready mind: 20 pAvoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is nadministered by us: 21 qProviding for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved hdiligent in many things, but now much hmore diligent, rupon the great confidence which ||I have in you. 23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my spartner and tfellowhelper concerning you: or uour brethren be inquired of, they are wthe messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and xbefore the churches, the proof of yyour love, and of zour boasting on your behalf.

9 For as touching athe ministering to bthe saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: For I know cthe forwardness of your mind, dfor which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that eAchaia was ready fa year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. Yet have I sent gthe brethren, lest hour boasting of you should be in vain iin this behalf; that, jas I said, ye may be ready: Lest haply if kthey of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in lthis same mconfident boasting. Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort gthe brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, ||whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, nas a matter of ||bounty, and onot as of covetousness. But this I say, pHe which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; qnot rgrudgingly, or of necessity: for sGod loveth a cheerful giver. And ptGod is able to make all ugrace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every xgood work: (As it is written, yHe hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that zministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase athe fruits of your brighteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all ||bountifulness, which causeth cthrough us thanksgiving to God. 12 For adthe administration of this service not only supplieth ethe want of the saints, but is abundant also cfby many thanksgivings unto God; 13 Whiles by the gexperiment of this dministration they hglorify God for your professed isubjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your jliberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding lgrace of God in you. 15 Thanks be unto lGod for his unspeakable gift.

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a
aa

ch. 9:14.

b
c

ch. 2:9. & 9:13. & 13:3 in the Gk. See Rom. 5:4. Comp. Prov. 17:3.

d

Comp. Mark 12:44.

d

Comp. Mark 12:44.

[Gr. simplicity]. Rom. 12:8. ch. 9:11, 13.

e
f

ver. 17 (Gk.).

g
h

Rom. 15:31 (Gk.). 1 Cor. 16:15. ch. 9:1. So ver. 19, 20. Heb. 6:10. See Acts 12:25 marg.

i
j

So ver. 17 (Gk.). ch. 12:18.

k

ver. 16, 23. See ch. 2:13.

x

ver. 6 (Gk.).

||

[Or, gift. ver. 4, 19]. See 1 Cor. 16:3.

l

So 1 Cor. 1:5. Comp. ch. 12:13.

m
m
n

ver. 8, 16 (Gk.). See ch. 7:11.

o

ver. 8, 24.

p

ch. 9:8.

q
n

ver. 8, 16 (Gk.). See ch. 7:11.

qq

Comp. ch. 9:13 (Gk.).

o

ver. 8, 24.

r

Comp. ch. 6:10. Phil. 2:6, 7.

r

Comp. ch. 6:10. Phil. 2:6, 7.

s
t

See James 2:5.

u
w
x

ver. 6 (Gk.).

Gr. willing. ver. 11.

y

ch. 9:2.

z

ver. 12, 19. Acts 17:11. ch. 9:2 in the Gk.

e
a

Mark 14:8 (Gk.).

b

Comp. Mark 12:43, 44. Luke 21:3. ch. 9:7.

z

ver. 12, 19. Acts 17:11. ch. 9:2 in the Gk.

c
d

Col. 4:1 (Gk.).

e

ch. 9:12.

d

Col. 4:1 (Gk.).

f

Cited from Ex. 16:18.

g
h

ver. 7 (Gk.). So ver. 17, 22 in the Gk.

i

ver. 6.

h

ver. 7 (Gk.). So ver. 17, 22 in the Gk.

j

ver. 3 (Gk.).

k

ch. 12:18 (Gk.).

kk

See ch. 11:28.

l

Acts 14:23. (Gk.). Comp. 1 Cor. 16:3, 4.

m

Acts 19:29 (Gk.).

||

Or, gift. See 1 Cor. 16:3.

n

See ver. 4.

o

So ch. 4:15. Comp. Phil. 4:19.

z

ver. 12, 19. Acts 17:11. ch. 9:2 in the Gk.

p

2 Thess. 3:6 (Gk.).

n

See ver. 4.

q

Prov. 3:4 (Gk.). See Rom. 12:17.

h

ver. 7 (Gk.). So ver. 17, 22 in the Gk.

h

ver. 7 (Gk.). So ver. 17, 22 in the Gk.

r

See ch. 2:3.

||

Or, he hath.

s
t
u

ver. 6, 17, 18, 22. ch. 9:3, 5.

w
x

Comp. ch. 9:2.

y

ver. 7, 8.

z

ch. 7:4, 14. & 9:2. & 10:8. See ch. 1:14.

a

ver. 12, 13 (Gk.). See ch. 8:4. So Gal. 2:10.

b
c

See ch. 8:11.

d

See ch. 8:24.

e
f

ch. 8:10.

g

ver. 5. See ch. 8:23.

h

See ch. 1:14.

i

See ch. 3:10.

j
k

Comp. Acts 20:4.

l

ch. 11:17.

m
g

ver. 5. See ch. 8:23.

Gr. blessing. Ecclus. 7:32. So ver. 6? See Gen. 33:11 (Gk.).

||

Or, which hath been so much spoken of before.

n
||

Or, which hath been so much spoken of before.

o

Comp. ch. 12:17.

p
q
r

Deut. 15:10 (Gk.).

s

Reference to Prov. 22:8 in the Greek only. So Ecclus. 35:9. Rom. 12:8. See Ex. 25:2. Comp. Tobit 4:7. ch. 8:12.

p
t
u
x

See Acts 9:36.

y

Cited from Ps. 112:9.

z
a

Luke 12:18. Comp. Hos. 10:12 (Gk.).

b

See Matt. 6:1 [marg.].

||

[Or, liberality].

[Gr. simplicity. See ch. 8:2]. ver. 13.

c

See ch. 1:11.

a

Luke 12:18. Comp. Hos. 10:12 (Gk.).

d

See ver. 1.

e

ch. 8:14.

c

See ch. 1:11.

f

Comp. 2 Macc. 2:27 (Gk.).

g

See ch. 8:2. Comp. ch. 8:8 (Gk.).

d

See ver. 1.

h
i

So ch. 10:5.

j

ver. 11 marg.

l

ch. 8:1.

l

ch. 8:1.