2 Corinthians 8:12
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New International Version
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

New Living Translation
Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don't have.

English Standard Version
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

New American Standard Bible
For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

King James Bible
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

International Standard Version
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you do not have.

NET Bible
For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if there is a willingness, so it is accepted according to what one has; it is not according to what one does not have.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
with whatever contributions you have. Since you are willing to do this, [remember] that people are accepted if they give what they are able to give. God doesn't ask for what they don't have.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if there is first a willing desire, it is accepted according to what a person has and not according to what they do not have.

King James 2000 Bible
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what a man has, and not according to what he has not.

American King James Version
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

American Standard Version
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as a man hath, not according as he hath not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if the will be forward, it is accepted according to that which a man hath, not according to that which he hath not.

Darby Bible Translation
For if the readiness be there, [a man is] accepted according to what he may have, not according to what he has not.

English Revised Version
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as a man hath, not according as he hath not.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what a man hath, and not according to what he hath not.

Weymouth New Testament
For, assuming the earnest willingness, the gift is acceptable according to whatever a man has, and not according to what he has not.

World English Bible
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have.

Young's Literal Translation
for if the willing mind is present, according to that which any one may have it is well-accepted, not according to that which he hath not;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - For if there be first a willing mind, etc. "For if the readiness is forth- coming, it is acceptable," etc. In other words, God considers not quantum, but ex quanto; not the magnitude of the gift, but the proportion which it bears to the means of the giver.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For if there be first a willing mind,.... If what is done springs from a truly noble, generous spirit, a spirit of bountifulness and liberality; and is given cheerfully and freely, and according to a man's ability; the quantity matters not, whether it be more or less:

it is accepted; both of God and man:

according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. The widow's mite was as acceptable, and more so, than all the rich men cast into the treasury; a cup of cold water given to a prophet, in the name of a prophet, is taken notice of by God, and shall have its reward. The present sent by the Philippians to the Apostle Paul, and which perhaps was not very large, was "an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God", Philippians 4:18.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. For—Following up the rule "out of that which ye have" (2Co 8:11), and no more.

a willing mind—rather, as Greek, "the readiness," namely, to will, referring to 2Co 8:11.

accepted—Greek "favorably accepted."

according to that a man hath—The oldest manuscripts omit "a man." Translate, "According to whatsoever it have"; the willing mind, or "readiness" to will, is personified [Alford]. Or better, as Bengel, "He is accepted according to whatsoever he have"; so 2Co 9:7, The Lord loveth a cheerful giver." Compare as to David, 1Ki 8:18. God accepts the will for the deed. He judges not according to what a man has the opportunity to do, but according to what he would do if he had the opportunity (compare Mr 14:8; and the widow's mite, Lu 21:3, 4).

2 Corinthians 8:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Example
11But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality--…
Cross References
Exodus 25:2
"Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.

Mark 12:43
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

Luke 21:3
"Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others.

Luke 21:4
All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

2 Corinthians 8:11
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

2 Corinthians 8:13
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.

2 Corinthians 8:19
What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Treasury of Scripture

For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

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2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; …

Exodus 25:2 Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering…

Exodus 35:5,21,22,29 Take you from among you an offering to the LORD: whoever is of a …

1 Chronicles 29:3-18 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, …

2 Chronicles 6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, For as much as it was in your …

Proverbs 19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Mark 12:42-44 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, …

Mark 14:7,8 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you …

Luke 7:44-46 And he turned to the woman, and said to Simon, See you this woman? …

Luke 12:47,48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: …

Luke 21:1-4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury…

1 Peter 4:10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

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