2 Corinthians 8:10
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

New Living Translation
Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it.

English Standard Version
And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.

Berean Study Bible
And this is my opinion about what is helpful for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give, but even to have such a desire.

Berean Literal Bible
And I give a judgment in this matter, for this is profitable for you who not only have begun from a year ago to act, but also to will.

New American Standard Bible
I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.

King James Bible
And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now I am giving an opinion on this because it is profitable for you, who a year ago began not only to do something but also to desire it.

International Standard Version
I am giving you my opinion on this matter because it will be helpful to you. Last year you were not only willing to do something, but had already started to do it.

NET Bible
So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give,

New Heart English Bible
I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But to counsel, I advise you this to help you, because from last year you began, not only to purpose, but also to do:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm giving you my opinion because it will be helpful to you. Last year you were not only willing [to take a collection] but had already started to do it.

New American Standard 1977
And I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And in this I give my advice, for this is expedient for you, who began not only to do, but also to be diligent a year ago.

King James 2000 Bible
And in this I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to desire a year ago.

American King James Version
And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

American Standard Version
And herein I give my judgment: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to make a beginning a year ago, not only to do, but also to will.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And herein I give my advice; for this is profitable for you, who have begun not only to do, but also to be willing, a year ago.

Darby Bible Translation
And I give [my] opinion in this, for this is profitable for you who began before, not only to do, but also to be willing, a year ago.

English Revised Version
And herein I give my judgment: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to make a beginning a year ago, not only to do, but also to will.

Webster's Bible Translation
And in this I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

Weymouth New Testament
But in this matter I give you an opinion; for my doing this helps forward your own intentions, seeing that not only have you begun operations, but a year ago you already had the desire to do so.

World English Bible
I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing.

Young's Literal Translation
and an opinion in this do I give: for this to you is expedient, who not only to do, but also to will, did begin before -- a year ago,
Study Bible
Christ's Example
9For 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. 10And this is my opinion about what is helpful for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give, but even to have such a desire. 11Now finish the work, so that you may complete it just as eagerly as you began, according to your means.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:25
Now about virgins, I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.

1 Corinthians 7:40
In my judgment, however, she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week, each of you should set aside a portion of his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will be needed.

2 Corinthians 8:6
So we urged Titus to help complete your act of grace, just as he had started it.

2 Corinthians 9:2
For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting to the Macedonians that since last year you in Achaia were prepared to give. And your zeal has stirred most of them to do likewise.
Treasury of Scripture

And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

I give.

1 Corinthians 7:25,40 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give …

expedient.

2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Matthew 10:42 And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup …

John 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die …

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I …

John 18:14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was …

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all …

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all …

Philippians 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

1 Timothy 6:18,19 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

James 2:15,16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food…

to be.

2 Corinthians 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

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

forward. Gr. willing. See on.

2 Corinthians 8:3 For to their power, I bear record, yes, and beyond their power they …

(10) And herein I give my advice.--We note the same careful distinction between command and counsel which we have seen in 1Corinthians 7:25.

Who have begun before . . .--Better, who got the start, last year, not only as to the doing, but also as to the willing. At first, the words seem like an anti-climax, but what is meant is that the Corinthians had been before the Macedonian churches in both those stages. They had formed the purpose of giving, they had begun to lay by and to collect, before their rivals had started. They had, as it were, scored those two points in that game of honourable competition. It was "profitable for them" that he, as a by-stander watching the game, should give them a hint, so that they might not at last be ignominiously defeated. It is not easy to fix the exact limits of time indicated in the "year ago." The First Epistle was written about Easter. Then, after remaining at Ephesus for a while, there came the journey to Troas; then that to Macedonia; then the coming of Titus, bringing word that the Corinthians had acted on the command of 1Corinthians 16:1. This would bring us to the autumn months; and St. Paul, reckoning, as a Jew would, the year as beginning with Tisri (September or October), might speak of what had taken place in April or May as done "last year," though there had not been an interval of twelve months.

Verse 10. - And herein I give my advice; and in this matter I offer an opinion (only). For this is expedient for you. It is more to your advantage that I should merely suggest and advise you about the matter than command you. Who have begun; rather, seeing that you formerly began. The verb is the same as in ver. 6. Not only to do, but also to be forward; rather, not only to do, but also to be willing. The "to do" is in the aorist, the "to be willing" in the present. We should naturally have expected a reversed order, "not only to be willing, but also to put in action." There must be a strong touch of irony in the words, unless we interpret it to mean "not only to make the collection, but to be willing to add yet more to it." Perhaps in the "to be willing" lies the notion of "the cheerful giver," "the willing mind "(ch. 9:7; 1 Timothy 6:17-19). A year ago; rather, since the previous year; i.e. last year (ch. 9:2). They had probably begun to collect in the previous Easter, and it was now soon after Tisri, or September, the beginning of the Jewish civil year. And herein I give my advice,.... As Daniel did to Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 4:27. The apostle did not choose to make use of his apostolical authority, or give orders, as he sometimes did in such cases; he did not think fit to speak by way of commandment, obliging them to what they ought to do willingly; looking upon this the most prudential step, and wisest method he could take in order to succeed, only to give his judgment in this matter, as what would be best for them, and most conducive to their real good:

for this is expedient for you; most versions read it, "profitable"; doing acts of beneficence is profitable to persons, as to things temporal, God usually blessing such with a greater affluence of the things of life, and which indeed is often promised; and is also profitable with respect to things spiritual, for if God does not make it up to them in temporal enjoyments, yet with his presence, the discoveries of his love, the joys of his salvation, and an increase of every grace; so Gaius, that hospitable man to the apostle, and all Christian strangers, was in much spiritual health, and a prosperous condition in his soul, when but in an ill state with respect to his body: yea, such a conduct is profitable in relation to things eternal; for as it springs from the grace of God, and men are assisted therein by it, and is exercised towards persons that have received it, it will be rewarded with a reward of grace; though it may be, the apostle here does not so much argue from the utility, as the decency of it in the Corinthians;

who, says he,

have began before, a year ago, not only to do, but also to be forward, or "willing": it is hard to say whether the apostle designs to commend or reprove them; and indeed, it seems as if there was a mixture of praise and dispraise in this passage; it was in their favour that they had begun before, even a year ago, and were willing and forward of themselves to this good work; yea, were the first that set it on foot, and so were an example to the Macedonian churches, and others; but then this was against them, that the other churches, which began later than they, had finished before them; whether this their charity was obstructed, as some have thought, through some affliction and persecution that befell them, which if it appeared would much excuse them; or rather it was neglected through lukewarmness and indolence; wherefore the apostle gives his sentiments, that to save their own credit, it was expedient for them to finish what they had begun; for otherwise, as their boasting of them would be in vain, so they would expose themselves to contempt and incur disgrace; and it was not only proper that they should do this, but do it willingly, and with much cheerfulness, for that is meant by being "forward" or "willing"; that they not only do it, but do it with a good will, which they at first discovered. 10. advice—Herein he does not (as some misinterpret the passage) disclaim inspiration for the advice he gives; but under the Spirit, states that it is his "opinion" [Alford] or "judgment" [Ellicott, and others], not a command, that so their offering might be free and spontaneous.

this—my giving you an advice, not a command.

who have begun before—"seeing that ye have begun before" the Macedonian churches; "a year ago" should be connected with this clause.

not only to do, but also to be forward—There were three steps: (1) the forwardness, more literally, "the will"; (2) the setting about it, literally, "doing it"; (3) completion of it [Alford]. In the two former, not only the act, but the intention, the Corinthians preceded the Macedonians. Bengel explains, "Not only to do" FOR THE PAST YEAR, "but also to be forward" or willing FOR THIS YEAR. Ellicott translates, "already," instead of "before": "Ye began already a year ago, not only to do, but also to be forward." It appears hence, that something had been done in the matter a year before; other texts, however, show the collection was not yet paid (compare 2Co 8:11 and 2Co 9:5, 7). This agrees with one, and only one supposition, namely, that every man had laid by in store the fund from which he was afterwards to contribute, the very case which is shown by 1Co 16:2 to have existed [Paley, Horæ Paulinæ].8:10-15 Good purposes are like buds and blossoms, pleasant to behold, and give hopes of good fruit; but they are lost, and signify nothing without good deeds. Good beginnings are well; but we lose the benefit, unless there is perseverance. When men purpose that which is good, and endeavour, according to their ability, to perform also, God will not reject them for what it is not in their power to do. But this scripture will not justify those who think good meanings are enough, or that good purposes, and the mere profession of a willing mind, are enough to save. Providence gives to some more of the good things of this world, and to some less, that those who have abundance might supply others who are in want. It is the will of God, that by our mutual supplying one another, there should be some sort of equality; not such a levelling as would destroy property, for in such a case there could be no exercise of charity. All should think themselves concerned to relieve those in want. This is shown from the gathering and giving out the manna in the wilderness, Ex 16:18. Those who have most of this world, have no more than food and raiment; and those who have but little of this world, seldom are quite without them.
Jump to Previous
Advantage Advice Ago Already Begin Begun Best Clear Complete Desire Expedient First Forward Helps Herein Intentions Judgment Matter Minds Operations Opinion Profit Profitable Ready Start Willing
Jump to Next
Advantage Advice Ago Already Begin Begun Best Clear Complete Desire Expedient First Forward Helps Herein Intentions Judgment Matter Minds Operations Opinion Profit Profitable Ready Start Willing
Links
2 Corinthians 8:10 NIV
2 Corinthians 8:10 NLT
2 Corinthians 8:10 ESV
2 Corinthians 8:10 NASB
2 Corinthians 8:10 KJV

2 Corinthians 8:10 Biblia Paralela
2 Corinthians 8:10 Chinese Bible
2 Corinthians 8:10 French Bible
2 Corinthians 8:10 German Bible

Alphabetical: a about advantage advice ago also And begin best but desire do first for give have here I in is it Last matter my not only opinion so the this to were what who year you your

NT Letters: 2 Corinthians 8:10 I give a judgment in this: (2 Cor. 2C iiC 2Cor ii cor iicor) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
2 Corinthians 8:9
Top of Page
Top of Page