2 Corinthians 8:1
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New International Version
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.

New Living Translation
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia.

English Standard Version
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,

Berean Study Bible
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia.

Berean Literal Bible
Now we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God having been bestowed among the churches of Macedonia,

New American Standard Bible
Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,

King James Bible
Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia:

International Standard Version
We want you to know, brothers, about God's grace that was given to the churches of Macedonia.

NET Bible
Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia,

New Heart English Bible
Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God that is given to the assemblies of Macedonia.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, we want you to know how God showed his kindness to the churches in the province of Macedonia.

New American Standard 1977
Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Likewise, brethren, we make known unto you the grace of God bestowed on the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of Macedonia,

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover, brethren, we want you to know of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

American King James Version
Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

American Standard Version
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God which hath been given in the churches of Macedonia;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now we make known unto you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in the churches of Macedonia.

Darby Bible Translation
But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God bestowed in the assemblies of Macedonia;

English Revised Version
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God which hath been given in the churches of Macedonia;

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

Weymouth New Testament
But we desire to let you know, brethren, of the grace of God which has been bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia;

World English Bible
Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia;

Young's Literal Translation
And we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in the assemblies of Macedonia,
Study Bible
Generosity Commended
1Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia. 2In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity.…
Cross References
Acts 16:9
During the night, Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and pleading with him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

Acts 24:17
After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings.

Romans 15:26
For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 8:5
And not only did they do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, because it was the will of God.
Treasury of Scripture

Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

we.

2 Corinthians 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel …

the grace.

2 Corinthians 8:2-7 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy …

2 Corinthians 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

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

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which …

churches.

2 Corinthians 9:2,4 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you …

2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man…

Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of …

Romans 15:26 For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain …

1 Thessalonians 1:7,8 So that you were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia…

1 Thessalonians 4:10 And indeed you do it toward all the brothers which are in all Macedonia: …

VIII.

(1) Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit . . .--Better, we declare, or make known to you. There is no adequate reason for retaining a phrase which is now obsolete. The topic on which the Epistle now touches, and which is carried on through this and the following chapter, was one very dear to the Apostle's heart. (See Note on 1Corinthians 16:1.) When he wrote before he had simply given directions as to what the Corinthians were to do. Now he has something to tell them. The churches of Macedonia--Philippi, we must believe, prominent among them--had been true to their old generosity (2Corinthians 11:8-9; Philippians 4:15), and were now showing it, not, as before, in personal kindness to their teacher, but in the truer way of acting as he wished them to act; and he sees in this a means of stirring up his friends at Corinth to an honourable emulation. There is something intensely characteristic in the way in which he opens his statement. He traces the generosity of the Macedonians to its true source. He is going to tell the Corinthians of the "grace of God" that has enabled them to do so much.

Verse 1. - We do you to wit; rather, we make known to you. The phrase is like the modern "I wish to inform you." In this and the next chapter St. Paul, having fully spoken of the joy which had been caused to him by their reception of his first letter, and having said as much as he then intended to say in answer to the charges insinuated against him, proceeds to give directions about the collection for the poor saints at Jerusalem. He had already spoken of it (1 Corinthians 16:1-4), but feared that they were behindhand, and now sends Titus to stimulate their zeal. The style throughout is brief and allusive, because he had already, in various ways, brought this matter fully before them. Throughout this section he shows in a remarkable degree the tact, courtesy, high sense of honour, and practical wisdom which were among his many gifts. The "but" with which the chapter begins in the original is St. Paul's ordinary formula of transition, as in 1 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Corinthians 12:1; 1 Corinthians 13:1, etc. (For the phrase, "we inform you," see 1 Corinthians 12:3; 1 Corinthians 15:1.) It is one of numberless incidental proofs of the genuineness of this group of Epistles - the Epistles of the second great missionary journey - that the same words, phrases, and thoughts constantly recur in them. The grace of God (see next note). Bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia; rather, which is being bestowed in the Churches. St. Paul wants to tell the Corinthians how extremely liberal the Macedonians have been, since it was his custom to stir up one Church by the example of another (2 Corinthians 9:2); but he begins by speaking of their generosity as a proof of the grace which they are receiving from the Holy Spirit. The Churches of Macedonia. The only Macedonian Churches of which we have any details in the New Testament are those of Philippi, Thessalonica, and Beroea. They seem to have been peculiarly dear to St. Paul, who was attracted by their cheerfulness in affliction and their generosity in the midst of want. Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God,.... The apostle having said everything that was proper to conciliate the minds and affections of the Corinthians to him, and the matter in difference being adjusted to the satisfaction of all parties concerned; he proposes what he had wisely postponed till all was over, the making a collection for the poor saints at Jerusalem; which he enforces by the example of the Macedonian churches, the churches at Philippi, Thessalonica, &c. He addresses them in a kind and tender manner, under the endearing appellation of "brethren", being so in a spiritual relation; and takes the liberty to inform them of the goodness of God to some of their sister churches; "we do you to wit", or "we make known unto you". The phrase "to wit" is an old English one, and almost obsolete, and signifies to acquaint with, inform of, make known, or give knowledge of anything. The thing informed of here, "is the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia"; by which is meant, not any of the blessings of grace common to all the saints, such as regeneration, justification, adoption, forgiveness of sin, and the like; but beneficence, liberality, or a liberal disposition to do good to others, called "the grace of God"; because it sprung from thence, as all good works do when performed aright; they were assisted in it by the grace of God; and it was the love and favour of God in Christ, which was the engaging motive, the leading view, which drew them on to it. This was

bestowed upon them, not merited, it was grace and free grace; God may give persons ever so much of this world's goods, yet if he does not give them a spirit of generosity, a liberal disposition, they will make no use of it for the good of others: and this was bestowed

on the churches of Macedonia; not on a few leading men among them, but upon all the members of these churches in general; and not upon one church, but upon many; a spirit of liberality was in general diffused among them, and this is proposed for imitation. Examples have great influence, and the examples of many the greater; too many follow a multitude to do evil; here the example of many, even of many churches, is proposed in order to be followed to do good, to exercise acts of beneficence and goodness, in a free generous way to saints in distress; which as it is here called, "the grace of God", so in some following verses, "the gift, the same grace, and this grace", 2 Corinthians 8:4 agreeably to the Hebrew word which signifies "grace" and "free bounty"; and is used for doing good, or for beneficence, which the Jews call "a performance of kind and bountiful actions": which are done freely, and for which a person expects no return from the person to whom he does them: and this they distinguish from "alms", after this manner (t);

"an alms (they say) is exercised towards the living, beneficence towards the living and the dead; alms is used to the poor, beneficence both to the rich and poor; alms is performed by a man's substance, beneficence both by body and substance.''

(t) T. Hieros. Peah, fol. 15. 3.CHAPTER 8

2Co 8:1-24. The Collection for the Saints; the Readiness of the Macedonians a Pattern to the Corinthians; Christ the Highest Pattern; Each Is to Give Willingly after His Ability; Titus and Two Others Are the Agents Accredited to Complete the Collection.

1. we do you to wit—we make known to you.

the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia—Their liberality was not of themselves naturally, but of God's grace bestowed on them, and enabling them to be the instrument of God's "grace" to others (2Co 8:6, 19). The importance given in this Epistle to the collection, arose as well from Paul's engagement (Ga 2:10), as also chiefly from his hope to conciliate the Judaizing Christians at Jerusalem to himself and the Gentile believers, by such an act of love on the part of the latter towards their Jewish brethren.8:1-6 The grace of God must be owned as the root and fountain of all the good in us, or done by us, at any time. It is great grace and favour from God, if we are made useful to others, and forward to any good work. He commends the charity of the Macedonians. So far from needing that Paul should urge them, they prayed him to receive the gift. Whatever we use or lay out for God, it is only giving him what is his own. All we give for charitable uses, will not be accepted of God, nor turn to our advantage, unless we first give ourselves to the Lord. By ascribing all really good works to the grace of God, we not only give the glory to him whose due it is, but also show men where their strength is. Abundant spiritual joy enlarges men's hearts in the work and labour of love. How different this from the conduct of those who will not join in any good work, unless urged into it!
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