2 Corinthians 6:10
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New International Version
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

New Living Translation
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

English Standard Version
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

Berean Study Bible
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Berean Literal Bible
as being sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

New American Standard Bible
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

King James Bible
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing everything.

International Standard Version
as sorrowful and yet always rejoicing, as poor and yet enriching many, as having nothing and yet possessing everything.

NET Bible
as sorrowful, but always rejoicing, as poor, but making many rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

New Heart English Bible
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As if we sorrow and we always rejoice, as if poor and we make many rich, as if we have nothing and yet we possess everything.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People think we are sad although we're always glad, that we're beggars although we make many people spiritually rich, that we have nothing although we possess everything.

New American Standard 1977
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

King James 2000 Bible
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

American King James Version
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

American Standard Version
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.

Darby Bible Translation
as grieved, but always rejoicing; as poor, but enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.

English Revised Version
as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Webster's Bible Translation
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Weymouth New Testament
as sad, but we are always joyful; as poor, but we bestow wealth on many; as having nothing, and yet we securely possess all things.

World English Bible
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Young's Literal Translation
as sorrowful, and always rejoicing; as poor, and making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
Study Bible
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
9as unknown, yet well-known; dying, and yet we live on; punished, yet not killed; 10sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 11We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians. Our hearts are open wide.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:7
There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

John 16:22
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

Acts 3:6
But Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!"

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?

1 Corinthians 1:5
For in Him you have been enriched in every way, in all speech and all knowledge,

1 Corinthians 3:21
Therefore stop boasting in men. All things are yours,

2 Corinthians 7:4
Great is my confidence in you; great is my pride in you; I am filled with encouragement; in all our troubles my joy overflows.

2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

Philippians 2:17
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Treasury of Scripture

As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

sorrowful.

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with …

2 Corinthians 7:3-10 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that you …

Matthew 5:4,12 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted…

Luke 6:21 Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed …

John 16:22 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and …

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and …

Romans 5:2,3 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

Romans 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

1 Thessalonians 3:7-10 Therefore, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our affliction …

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice ever more.

Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

James 1:2-4 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…

1 Peter 1:6-8 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; …

poor. See on.

2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

making.

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

Romans 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing …

Ephesians 3:8,16 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

Revelation 2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) …

and.

2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might …

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …

Matthew 6:19,20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust …

Luke 16:11,12 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, …

1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours…

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to …

Revelation 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, …

(10) As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing.--Are we still in the region of the taunts and sneers of which we have found such distinct traces in the previous verses? Did men say of him, as others had said of the saints of God before him, that he was "smitten of God, and afflicted"? Was it with him, as with David, that when he wept, that "was turned to his reproof"? that when he "made sackcloth his garment" he "became a proverb unto them"? (Psalm 69:10-11.) This seems, on the whole, the most probable explanation of the words. His Jewish rivals, or the jesters of Corinth, taunted him with his want of cheerfulness, "He was always in trouble." This, at least, enables us to understand the bitterness of spirit in which St. Paul spoke, and to enter into the full force of his answer: "Yea, but with our sorrow there is also the ever-flowing well-spring of joy--a joy not of the world, but of the Holy Ghost."

As poor, yet making many rich.--Better, as a beggar. It is not hard to imagine that the outward circumstances of St. Paul's life, his daily toil as a tent-maker, his accepting gifts from the Church of Philippi (2Corinthians 11:8-9; Philippians 4:15), would furnish occasion for some taunting jest. We seem to hear men speaking of him as a "beggar," a "mendicant." "Yes," he answers, "but I am able to make many rich." It is a possible, though perhaps not altogether an adequate, explanation of the words to see in them a reference to the fact that out of his "poverty" he was able to supply the necessities of others (Acts 20:35). We must, at all events, think of his words as including something more than this, and reminding the Corinthians that he had made many rich with the unsearchable riches of Christ.

As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.--The series of paradoxes culminates in this. In language which has found echoes in the thoughts of sages, saints, mystics, he utters the truth that in the absolute surrender of the thought of calling anything its own the soul becomes the heir of the universe. All things are his, as with the certainty of an assured inheritance. The beatitude of the meek, of those who claim nothing, is that they "shall inherit the earth," and so all things are theirs--the forces of nature, and the changes and chances of life--for all are working together for their good. (See Note on Matthew 5:5.)

Verse 10. - As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing. The early Christians always insist on "joy" as one of the fruits of the Spirit (comp. Matthew 5:10-12), and especially joy in the midst of grief and anguish (Romans 5:3; Romans 14:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:16, "Rejoice always"). The best proof that this was no mere phraseology, but an amazing and new charism granted to the world, may be seen in the Epistle to the Philippians. It was written when St. Paul was old, poor, deserted, imprisoned, in danger of immediate death. and apparently in the lowest deeps of forsakes sorrow; vet the spontaneous keynote of the whole Epistle is, "I rejoice; rejoice ye" (Philippians 4:6, 12). As poor. The word means even "paupers," and describes a very literal fact. St. Paul, for Christ's sake, had suffered "the loss of all things" (Philippians 3:8). Yet making many rich. Not by getting collections for them (which would be a most unworthy antithesis, though it is strangely accepted by Chrysostom and others); but "by imparting to them the true riches, in the form of spiritual gifts, and the teaching of the gospel" (comp. James 2:5). Possessing all things; rather, as having nothing, and fully having all things. The verb means "possessing all things to the full." For "all things are ours" (1 Corinthians 3:21, 22). As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing,.... As to their outward appearance they are

sorrowful, and oftentimes really so on account of sin, their own and others, by reason of afflictions, temporal and spiritual; and as to the state and condition of the church of Christ, and the interest of religion: and

yet always rejoicing; not in themselves, or in any creature, but in the Lord, in the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, and salvation by him. As poor, yet making many rich. It is, generally speaking, the lot of Christ's ministers to be poor in this world; and there are some reasons for it, why it is, and should be so; as that they might be maintained by the people, which is the ordinance of God; that it might appear that Christ's kingdom is not of this world; that the faith of men might not stand in the riches of the world, but in the power of God; that ministers might not be above their work, nor neglect it, nor drop it; and that they might not be ensnared and encumbered with the things of life.

And yet making many rich: are instruments in making many souls rich in things spiritual; by showing them their spiritual poverty, stripping them of what they trusted in, and valued themselves upon; directing them where true riches are, and furnishing them with spiritual knowledge, with the knowledge of things more worth than thousands of gold and silver.

As having nothing, and yet possessing all things; for the apostles left all for Christ, were sent out bare by him; what they had they gave away, and were very destitute of worldly enjoyments: "and possessing all things"; they had food and raiment, with which they were content, what was sufficient for them, and which they had in mercy, and with a blessing; and then they enjoyed all spiritual good things; they had not only a right unto them, but were possessed of them; they had all things pertaining to life and godliness; they had Christ, and all things with him, and therefore could say as Jacob did, that they had enough, yea, that they had all things. 10. The "as" no longer is used to express the opinion of his adversaries, but the real state of him and his fellow laborers.

making many rich—Spiritually (1Co 1:5), after the example of our Lord, who "by His poverty made many rich" (2Co 8:9).

having nothing—Whatever of earthly goods we have, and these are few, we have as though we had not; as tenants removable at will, not owners (1Co 7:30).

possessing all things—The Greek implies firm possession, holding fast in possession (compare 1Co 3:21, 22). The things both of the present and of the future are, in the truest sense, the believer's in possession, for he possesses them all in Christ, his lasting possession, though the full fruition of them is reserved for the future eternity.6:1-10 The gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears. The gospel day is a day of salvation, the means of grace the means of salvation, the offers of the gospel the offers of salvation, and the present time the proper time to accept these offers. The morrow is none of ours: we know not what will be on the morrow, nor where we shall be. We now enjoy a day of grace; then let all be careful not to neglect it. Ministers of the gospel should look upon themselves as God's servants, and act in every thing suitably to that character. The apostle did so, by much patience in afflictions, by acting from good principles, and by due temper and behaviour. Believers, in this world, need the grace of God, to arm them against temptations, so as to bear the good report of men without pride; and so as to bear their reproaches with patience. They have nothing in themselves, but possess all things in Christ. Of such differences is a Christian's life made up, and through such a variety of conditions and reports, is our way to heaven; and we should be careful in all things to approve ourselves to God. The gospel, when faithfully preached, and fully received, betters the condition even of the poorest. They save what before they riotously spent, and diligently employ their time to useful purposes. They save and gain by religion, and thus are made rich, both for the world to come and for this, when compared with their sinful, profligate state, before they received the gospel.
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