Thematic Bible

2 Corinthians 8:1 (show verse)

Now, brothers, we want you to know about the favor God has given to the churches in Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 8:2 (show verse)

[It is] how, in spite of their suffering severe trials, their overflowing joy and extreme poverty produced an overwhelming expression of generosity.

2 Corinthians 8:3 (show verse)

For I testify that they gave [financial help] to the full limit of their ability, yes and even beyond it. [And they did this] entirely on their own,

2 Corinthians 8:4 (show verse)

[even] pleading with us and requesting the privilege of taking part in this service to the saints [i.e., God's holy people] in Jerusalem. [See also 9:1-15; I Cor. 16:1-2; Rom. 15:25-28].

2 Corinthians 8:5 (show verse)

And they did not [just] do as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and [then] to us through the will of God.

2 Corinthians 8:6 (show verse)

So, [i.e., because of your enthusiastic response to this need. See verse 10], we urged Titus, who had previously begun [taking up this collection], to help you also complete this favorable work [i.e., by finalizing it].

2 Corinthians 8:7 (show verse)

But just as you excel in everything [else]; in your faith, in your speaking; in your knowledge [Note: Possibly these refer to spiritual gifts. See I Cor. 12:8-10], in your eagerness [to serve], and in your love for us, now you people should also excel in this favorable work [i.e., of giving financial help to needy people].

2 Corinthians 8:8 (show verse)

I am not saying this [to you] as a command, but by telling you how eager others are [to help], to find out how genuine your love is also.

2 Corinthians 8:9 (show verse)

For you know the unearned favor of our Lord Jesus Christ, [how] that even though He was rich, He became poor for your sakes, so that through His poverty you people could become [spiritually] rich.

2 Corinthians 8:10 (show verse)

Now here is my advice on what is best to do in this matter: Since you were the first ones to begin [taking up a collection] a year ago, [now you should] not only be doing something [about it], but [you should continue] wanting to do something [as well].
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2 Corinthians 8:11 (show verse)

So, now finish doing it also, so that just as you were eager to want to, you will also [be eager to] finish it, according to your ability.

2 Corinthians 8:12 (show verse)

For if the eagerness is there, [then] whatever a person has [to give] is acceptable, and not what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:13 (show verse)

I am not saying this to make it easy for others [to give] and difficult for you people,
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2 Corinthians 8:14 (show verse)

but that there will be equality [i.e., in everyone's giving]. Your abundance can now supply their need, so that their abundance can [later] supply your need. [That way] there can be equality,

2 Corinthians 8:15 (show verse)

as it is written [Ex. 16:18], "The person who gathered much [i.e., manna] did not have any left over, and the one who gathered [only] a little [still] had plenty."
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2 Corinthians 8:16 (show verse)

But I thank God for putting the same concern [that I have] for you in the heart of Titus.

2 Corinthians 8:17 (show verse)

For he not only accepted our urging, but being very diligent himself, he went to you of his own accord [i.e. Titus had wanted to go to Corinth even before being urged to].

2 Corinthians 8:18 (show verse)

And we have sent [i.e., are sending] with him the brother who is praised throughout all the churches for [his work in] preaching the Gospel [Note: This "brother" cannot be identified with any certainty].

2 Corinthians 8:19 (show verse)

And not only this, but he was also appointed by the churches to travel with us in [taking] this gift [to Jerusalem] as we minister in order to honor the Lord Himself, and to demonstrate our eagerness [to help poor people].

2 Corinthians 8:20 (show verse)

[We made this arrangement] to avoid anyone blaming us for the way we handled this generous gift.

2 Corinthians 8:21 (show verse)

For we take measures to do what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of people.

2 Corinthians 8:22 (show verse)

And we have sent [i.e., are sending] with them our brother [Note: This is a different person from the one mentioned in verse 18], who has often proven his diligence to us in many ways, and is now proving to be even more diligent because of the great confidence he has in you [i.e., confidence in the Corinthians completing their collection for the poor].

2 Corinthians 8:23 (show verse)

As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow-worker on your behalf. As for our brothers [i.e., those who will accompany him], they are the messengers of the churches and an honor to Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:24 (show verse)

[So], demonstrate in front of the churches evidence of your love [for them] and our reason for boasting about you.