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 2 Corinthians 8 - 9
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   Book of 2 CorinthiansClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
8:1-24 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given R274 in the churches of Macedonia, R275 2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth R276 of their liberality. 3 For I testify that according R277 to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 4 begging us with much urging for the favor R278 of F53 participation in the support R279 F54 of the saints, F55 5 and this, not as we had expected, F56 but they first gave R280 themselves to the Lord and to us by the R281 will of God. 6 So we urged R282 Titus R283 that as he had previously made R284 a beginning, so he would also complete in you this R285 gracious work as well.

7 But just as you abound R286 in R287 everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love F57 we inspired in you, see that you abound R286 in this gracious work also. 8 I am R288 not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. 9 For you know the R289 grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though R290 He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 10 I give R291 my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a R292 year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. 11 But now finish doing F58 it also, so that just as there was the readiness R293 to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12 For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according R294 to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality-- 14 at this present time your abundance being a supply for their R295 need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your R295 need, that there may be equality; 15 as it is written, "HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK."

16 But thanks R297 be to God who puts R298 the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus. R299 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, R300 but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 18 We have sent along with him the R301 brother whose fame in the things of the gospel R302 has spread through all R303 the churches; 19 and R304 not only this, but he has also been appointed R305 by the churches to travel with us in this R306 gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness, R307 20 taking F59 precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; 21 for we have R308 regard for what is honorable, not only in the R309 sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 We have sent with them our brother, whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, R310 he is my partner R311 and fellow worker among F60 you; as for our brethren, R312 they are messengers R313 F61 of the churches, a R314 glory to Christ. 24 Therefore openly F62 before the churches, show F63 them the proof of your love and of our reason R315 for boasting about you.

9:1-15 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 For it R316 is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry R317 to the saints; F64 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast R318 about you to the Macedonians, R319 namely, that Achaia R320 has been prepared since last R321 year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting R322 about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as R323 I was saying, you may be prepared; 4 otherwise if any Macedonians R324 come with me and find you unprepared, we--not to speak of you--will be put to shame by this confidence. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren R325 that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful R326 F65 gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful R327 F65 gift and not affected R328 F66 by covetousness.

6 Now this I say, he R329 who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully F67 will also reap bountifully. F67 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly R330 or under compulsion, for God R331 loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God R332 is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written, "HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER." 10 Now He who supplies seed R334 to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase R335 the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched R336 in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving R337 to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the R338 needs of the saints, F69 but is also overflowing through R339 many thanksgivings to God. 13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, R340 they will glorify R341 God for your obedience to your confession R342 of the gospel R343 of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution F70 to them and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks R344 be to God for His indescribable gift! R345

F53 Lit and
F54 Lit service to the saints
F55 Or holy ones
F56 Lit hoped
F57 Lit love from us in you; one early ms reads your love for us
F58 Lit the doing
F59 Lit avoiding this
F60 Lit for you
F61 Lit apostles
F62 Lit in the face of the churches
F63 Or show the proof...for boasting to them about you
F64 Or holy ones
F65 Lit blessing
F66 Lit as covetousness
F67 Lit with blessings
F68 Lit abides
F69 Or holy ones
F70 Or sharing with them


R274 2 Corinthians 8:5
R275 Acts 16:9
R276 Romans 2:4
R277 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:11
R278 Acts 24:17; Romans 15:25f
R279 Romans 15:31; 2 Corinthians 8:19f; 9:1,12f
R280 2 Corinthians 8:1
R281 1 Corinthians 1:1
R282 2 Corinthians 8:17;
R283 2 Corinthians 2:13;
R284 2 Corinthians 8:10
R285 Acts 24:17; Romans 15:25f
R286 2 Corinthians 9:8
R287 Romans 15:14; 1 Corinthians 1:5; 12:8
R288 1 Corinthians 7:6
R289 2 Corinthians 13:14
R290 Matthew 20:28; 2 Corinthians 6:10; Philippians 2:6f
R291 1 Corinthians 7:25,40
R292 1 Corinthians 16:2f; 2 Corinthians 9:2
R293 2 Corinthians 8:12,19; 9:2
R294 Mark 12:43f; Luke 21:3,4; 2 Corinthians 9:7
R295 Acts 4:34; 2 Corinthians 9:12
R296 Exodus 16:18
R297 2 Corinthians 2:14
R298 Revelation 17:17
R299 2 Corinthians 2:13; 8:6,23
R300 2 Corinthians 8:6; 12:18
R301 1 Corinthians 16:3; 2 Corinthians 12:18
R302 2 Corinthians 2:12
R303 1 Corinthians 4:17; 7:17
R304 Romans 5:3
R305 Acts 14:23; 1 Corinthians 16:3f
R306 2 Corinthians 8:4,6
R307 2 Corinthians 8:11,12; 9:2
R308 Romans 12:17
R309 Proverbs 3:4; Romans 14:18
R310 2 Corinthians 8:6
R311 Philemon 17
R312 2 Corinthians 8:18,22
R313 John 13:16; Philippians 2:25
R314 1 Corinthians 11:7
R315 2 Corinthians 7:4
R316 1 Thessalonians 4:9
R317 2 Corinthians 8:4
R318 2 Corinthians 7:4
R319 Romans 15:26
R320 Acts 18:12
R321 2 Corinthians 8:10
R322 2 Corinthians 7:4
R323 1 Corinthians 16:2
R324 Romans 15:26
R325 2 Corinthians 9:3
R326 Genesis 33:11; Judges 1:15; 2 Corinthians 9:6
R327 Philippians 4:17
R328 2 Corinthians 12:17f
R329 Proverbs 11:24f; 22:9; Galatians 6:7,9
R330 Deuteronomy 15:10; 1 Chronicles 29:17; Romans 12:8; 2 Corinthians 8:12
R331 Exodus 25:2
R332 Ephesians 3:20
R333 Psalms 112:9
R334 Isaiah 55:10
R335 Hosea 10:12
R336 1 Corinthians 1:5
R337 2 Corinthians 1:11
R338 2 Corinthians 8:14
R339 2 Corinthians 1:11
R340 Romans 15:31; 2 Corinthians 8:4
R341 Matthew 9:8
R342 1 Timothy 6:12f; Hebrews 3:1; 4:14;
R343 2 Corinthians 2:12
R344 2 Corinthians 2:14
R345 Romans 5:15f


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