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

New Living Translation
Of course, I don't mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality.

English Standard Version
For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness

Berean Study Bible
It is not our intention that others may be relieved while you are burdened, but that there may be equality.

Berean Literal Bible
For this is not that to others there may be ease, but for you affliction; but of equality.

New American Standard Bible
For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality--

King James Bible
For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not that there may be relief for others and hardship for you, but it is a question of equality--

International Standard Version
Not that others should have relief while you have hardship. Rather, it is a question of fairness.

NET Bible
For I do not say this so there would be relief for others and suffering for you, but as a matter of equality.

New Heart English Bible
For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For it is not that others would have relief and you would have distress,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't mean that others should have relief while you have hardship. Rather, it's a matter of striking a balance.

New American Standard 1977
For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality—

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I mean not that others be eased and ye burdened,

King James 2000 Bible
For I mean not that other men be eased, and you burdened:

American King James Version
For I mean not that other men be eased, and you burdened:

American Standard Version
For I say not this that others may be eased and ye distressed;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I mean not that others should be eased, and you burthened, but by an equality.

Darby Bible Translation
For [it is] not in order that there may be ease for others, and for you distress,

English Revised Version
For I say not this, that others may be eased, and ye distressed:

Webster's Bible Translation
For I mean not that other men should be eased, and you burdened:

Weymouth New Testament
I do not urge you to give in order that others may have relief while you are unduly pressed,

World English Bible
For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed,

Young's Literal Translation
for not that for others release, and ye pressured, do I speak,
Study Bible
Christ's Example
12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 13It is not our intention that others may be relieved while you are burdened, but that there may be equality. 14At the present time, your surplus will meet their need, so that in turn their surplus will meet your need. Then there will be equality.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 8:12
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:14
At the present time, your surplus will meet their need, so that in turn their surplus will meet your need. Then there will be equality.
Treasury of Scripture

For I mean not that other men be eased, and you burdened:

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(13) For I mean not that other men be eased.--The disclaimer is obviously an answer to something that had been said. The "charity begins at home" argument, with which the workers in the cause of missions and other distant works of charity are but too familiar, would seem not to have been unknown in the Church of Corinth.

Verse 13. - And ye be burdened; literally, for not that there may be relief to others, but to you affliction. In other words, I have no wish that you should distress yourselves to set others at ease. You must not suspect me of Jewish proclivities which would lead me to impoverish you to provide luxuries for the Christians at Jerusalem. Others refer it to the Macedonians: "I do not wish to burden you, but the Macedonians, who are poor, have contributed, and if you join them in this good work now they may help you hereafter." But there is no hint of this anywhere. For I mean not that other men be eased and you burdened. Referring either to the givers; and that either to the richer and meaner sort in this church; the apostle's sense being, not to put the whole burden of the collection upon some only, whilst others were excused doing little or nothing; but that everyone should give according to his ability; or to other churches in poorer circumstances; and the apostle's meaning was, not that these churches by reason of their meanness should be entirely free from this service, as it was plain they were not, by the instance of the Macedonians; and that the whole be devolved upon the Corinthian church, and others that were rich; but that all should contribute according to their circumstances: or this may refer to the persons given to, and for whom this beneficence was asked; for the words may be rendered, "for not that there may be ease", or relaxation "to others, and to you affliction" or straitness; that is, his meaning was, not that there should be such a contribution raised for these poor saints at Jerusalem, that they should live in ease and great abundance; whilst their benefactors, through an over abundant generosity to them, were straitened, and their families reduced to great difficulties; this was what was far from his intentions. 13. For—Supply from 2Co 8:8, "I speak." My aim is not that others (namely, the saints at Jerusalem) may be relieved at the cost of your being "distressed" (so the Greek for "burdened"). The golden rule is, "Love thy neighbour as thyself," not more than thyself.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.
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