2 Corinthians 8:18
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New International Version
And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.

New Living Translation
We are also sending another brother with Titus. All the churches praise him as a preacher of the Good News.

English Standard Version
With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.

Berean Study Bible
Along with Titus, we are sending the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in the gospel.

Berean Literal Bible
And we have sent with him the brother whose praise in the gospel is through all of the churches,

New American Standard Bible
We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches;

King James Bible
And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have sent with him the brother who is praised throughout the churches for his gospel ministry.

International Standard Version
With him we have sent the brother who is praised in all the churches for spreading the gospel.

NET Bible
And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel.

New Heart English Bible
We have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the Good News is known through all the churches.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we sent our brother with him, whose praise in The Gospel is in all the churches.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With him we have sent our Christian brother whom all the churches praise for the way he tells the Good News.

New American Standard 1977
And we have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones},

King James 2000 Bible
And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

American King James Version
And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

American Standard Version
And we have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the gospel is spread through all the churches;

Douay-Rheims Bible
We have sent also with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel through all the churches.

Darby Bible Translation
but we have sent with him the brother whose praise [is] in the glad tidings through all the assemblies;

English Revised Version
And we have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the gospel is spread through all the churches;

Webster's Bible Translation
And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

Weymouth New Testament
And we send with him the brother whose praises for his earnestness in proclaiming the Good News are heard throughout all the Churches.

World English Bible
We have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the Good News is known through all the assemblies.

Young's Literal Translation
and we sent with him the brother, whose praise in the good news is through all the assemblies,
Study Bible
Titus Commended
17For not only did he welcome our appeal, but he is eagerly coming to you of his own volition. 18Along with Titus, we are sending the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in the gospel. 19More than that, this brother was chosen by the churches to accompany us with the offering—the gracious gift we administer to honor the Lord Himself and to show our eagerness to help.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:17
That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church.

1 Corinthians 7:17
Regardless, each one should lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is what I prescribe in all the churches.

1 Corinthians 16:3
Then, on my arrival, I will send letters with those you recommend to carry your gift to Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 2:12
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord,

2 Corinthians 8:23
As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you. As for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches to the glory of Christ.

2 Corinthians 12:18
I urged Titus to visit you, and I sent our brother with him. Did Titus exploit you in any way? Did we not walk in the same spirit and follow in the same footsteps?
Treasury of Scripture

And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

the brother. This is generally supposed to have been Said. Luke, 'whose praise was in all the churches,' on account of the gospel which he had written, and for many zealous services in its cause.

2 Corinthians 8:19,22,23 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel …

2 Corinthians 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a …

throughout.

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only …

(18) The brother, whose praise is in the gospel.--We cannot get beyond probable conjecture in determining who this was. The general current of patristic interpretation (represented, we may add, in the Collect for St. Luke's Day in the Prayer Book of the Church of England, though not in that of the Breviary of the Church of Rome) ran in favour of St. Luke; but this rested on the assumption, for which there is no evidence, and against which there is a strong balance of probabilities, that he was already well known as the writer of a Gospel. (See Introduction to St. Luke, Vol. I., p. 239.) Apart from this, however, it may be urged that there is more evidence in favour of this hypothesis than of any other. If the words be interpreted, as they must, as pointing to a preacher of the gospel, we have indications of St. Luke having done this at Antioch, at Troas, and at Philippi. None of the other companions of St. Paul who have been suggested, such as Tychicus or Trophimus, was likely to have so wide-spread a reputation. None was so likely to be with him at the time at Philippi. And it may be noted further--and this, so far as I know, is a point which has not hitherto been dwelt on--that there was no man so fitted to stir up the Corinthians, by his personal character, to a worthy completion of the good work they had begun. We have seen that in his Gospel he dwells emphatically on all parts of our Lord's teaching that point out the danger of riches and the blessedness of a generous almsgiving (see Introduction to St. Luke, Vol. I., p. 242); how at Philippi his influence was traceable in the liberal supplies sent to St. Paul at Thessalonica (see Note on Acts 16:40, and Philippians 4:15) and at Corinth (see Note on 2Corinthians 11:9). Was not such a man, we may ask, eminently adapted for the mission on which the "brother, whose praise is in the gospel," was now sent? and was not the Apostle likely to choose him above all others for it? For Mark and Gaius, who have also been suggested, there is not a shadow of evidence; and as the latter was of Corinth (Romans 16:23), he was not likely to have been sent thither from Philippi. The tense, "we have sent," is, as before, the epistolary aorist, used of the time at which the letter was being written.

Verse 18. - The brother, whose praise is in the gospel. The phrase means, "whose worth is praised wherever the glad tidings are preached." There can be no reference to any of the four written Gospels, for they were not in the hands of Christians till a later date; nor did the word "gospel" acquire this significance till afterwards. From Acts 20:5, it is somewhat precariously inferred that St. Luke is meant. Others have conjectured Barnabas, Silas (who are out of the question), Erastus, Mark, a brother of Titus, etc. St. Luke is not unlikely to have been selected as a delegate by the Church of Philippi; but further than this we can say nothing. St. Luke was not a Macedonian by birth, and any Macedonian (e.g., Aristarchus, Sopater, Secundus, Epaphroditus) seems to be excluded by 2 Corinthians 9:4. Palsy notes it as curious that the object of St. Paul's journey to Jerusalem, Which is so prominent in this group of Epistles, is only mentioned indirectly and incidentally by St. Luke (Acts 24:17) in the Acts of the Apostles. And we have sent with him the brother,.... The Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "our brother"; and one of Stephens's copies, "your brother": who this brother was, is not certain; some think it was Luke the evangelist, the companion of the apostle in his travels:

whose praise is in the Gospel, throughout all the churches; being known and highly commended by all the churches, for the Gospel he wrote; but it is not certain that Luke as yet had wrote his Gospel; and much less that it was so much known at present among the churches; and besides, this brother's praise seems to be on account of his preaching the Gospel, and not writing one: others think Barnabas is intended, who was chosen and sent out by the churches along with the apostle; but these in a short time separated from each other, nor do we read of their coming together again: others are of opinion, that Apollos is designed, who was a very eloquent preacher, and of whom the apostle had given the Corinthians an intimation in his former epistle, that he would come to them at a convenient time; but to him is objected, that he never was chosen of the churches, to travel with the apostle on such an account as here mentioned: others would have it that Silas or Silvanus is meant, who was a very constant companion of the apostle, and of whom he makes mention in most of his epistles; and others have made no doubt of it, but John Mark is here meant, who not only wrote a Gospel, but was an excellent preacher of it, and was chosen by the churches to go along with Paul and Barnabas; and though there was some distaste taken to him by Paul, he was afterwards reconciled to him, and for his profitableness in the ministry was greatly desired by him; but after all, it is difficult to determine who it was, nor is it of any great moment: a "brother" he was; being not only a regenerate person, but a preacher of the Gospel; a brother in the ministry, and "one whose praise was in the Gospel"; greatly admired, and much commended, for his excellent talent in preaching the Gospel; and for this he was famous "throughout all the churches"; a very great commendation indeed; but this is not all, it follows, 18. the brother, whose praise is in the gospel—whose praise is known in connection with the Gospel: Luke may be meant; not that "the Gospel" here refers to his written Gospel; but the language implies some one well known throughout the churches, and at that time with Paul, as Luke then was (Ac 20:6). Not a Macedonian, as appears from 2Co 9:4. Of all Paul's "companions in travel" (2Co 8:19; Ac 19:29), Luke was the most prominent, having been his companion in preaching the Gospel at his first entrance into Europe (Ac 16:10). The fact that the person here referred to was "chosen of the churches" as their trustee to travel with Paul in conveying the contribution to Jerusalem, implies that he had resided among them some time before: this is true of Luke, who after parting from Paul at Philippi (as he marks by the change from "we" to "they," Ac 16:11) six years before, is now again found in his company in Macedonia. In the interim he had probably become so well known that "his praise was throughout all the churches." Compare 2Co 12:18; Phm 24. He who is faithful in the Gospel will be faithful also in matters of inferior importance [Bengel].8:16-24 The apostle commends the brethren sent to collect their charity, that it might be known who they were, and how safely they might be trusted. It is the duty of all Christians to act prudently; to hinder, as far as we can, all unjust suspicions. It is needful, in the first place, to act uprightly in the sight of God, but things honest in the sight of men should also be attended to. A clear character, as well as a pure conscience, is requisite for usefulness. They brought glory to Christ as instruments, and had obtained honour from Christ to be counted faithful, and employed in his service. The good opinion others have of us, should be an argument with us to do well.
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