2 Corinthians 8:20
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New International Version
We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.

New Living Translation
We are traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift.

English Standard Version
We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us,

Berean Study Bible
We hope to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this generous gift.

Berean Literal Bible
avoiding this, lest anyone should blame us in this abundance being administered by us.

New American Standard Bible
taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift;

King James Bible
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are taking this precaution so no one can criticize us about this large sum administered by us.

International Standard Version
We are trying to avoid any criticism of the way we are administering this great undertaking.

NET Bible
We did this as a precaution so that no one should blame us in regard to this generous gift we are administering.

New Heart English Bible
We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us concerning this abundance which is administered by us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we fear in this lest anyone impute to us a flaw in this abundance that is ministered by us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We don't want anyone to find fault with the way we are administering this generous gift.

New American Standard 1977
taking precaution that no one should discredit us in our administration of this generous gift;

Jubilee Bible 2000
avoiding that anyone should blame us regarding this abundance which is ministered by us,

King James 2000 Bible
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

American King James Version
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

American Standard Version
Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter of this bounty which is ministered by us:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us.

Darby Bible Translation
avoiding this, that any one should blame us in this abundance [which is] administered by us;

English Revised Version
Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter of this bounty which is ministered by us:

Webster's Bible Translation
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

Weymouth New Testament
For against one thing we are on our guard--I mean against blame being thrown upon us in respect to these large and liberal contributions which are under our charge.

World English Bible
We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us concerning this abundance which is administered by us.

Young's Literal Translation
avoiding this, lest any one may blame us in this abundance that is ministered by us,
Study Bible
Titus Commended
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. 20We hope to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this generous gift. 21For we are taking great care to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men.…
Cross References
2 Kings 12:15
Moreover, they did not require an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the money to pay to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully.

2 Corinthians 8:19
More 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.

2 Corinthians 8:21
For we are taking great care to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men.
Treasury of Scripture

Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

that.

2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them …

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

Romans 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

1 Corinthians 16:3 And when I come, whomsoever you shall approve by your letters, them …

Ephesians 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

(20) Avoiding this, that no man should blame us.--He gives this as the reason why he wished men thus appointed to travel with him. He desired to guard against the suspicion of those who were too ready to suspect. His companions were to bear witness that the sums which he took up with him from the several churches were what had actually been collected. They were to be, practically, auditors of his accounts. (See Note on Acts 20:4.) He dwells again, later on in the Epistle (2Corinthians 12:18-19), on the same measure of precaution.

This abundance.--The word, which primarily signifies "succulence," or juiciness, as used of plants and fruits, does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament. It has rather the look of belonging to St. Luke's medical vocabulary, and is, indeed, used by Hippocrates (De Gen, p. 28) of the full habit of body of a youth attaining puberty.

Verse 20. - Avoiding this. The object in sending Titus and the brother was to cut away the possibility of blame and suspicion. The word "avoiding" (stellomenoi) literally means "furling sail," and then "taking precautions." It may, however, mean "making this arrangement" (see 2 Thessalonians 3:6). Too much stress has been laid on St. Paul's "use of nautical terms" (Acts 20:20; Galatians 2:12, etc.). They belong, in fact, to the very phraseology of the Greek language. That no man should blame us (see 2 Corinthians 6:3). St. Paul here sets a valuable and necessary example to all Christians who are entrusted with the management of charitable funds. It is their duty to take every step which may place them above the possibility of of suspicion. Their management of the sums entrusted to them should be obviously and transparently business-like and honourable. St. Paul taught this behaviour both by example and by precept (Romans 12:17; Philippians 4:8). There is such a thing as a foolish and reprehensible indifference to public opinion (1 Peter 2:12). Yet with all his noble carefulness, St. Paul did not escape this very slander (2 Corinthians 12:18). In this abundance. The word, which occurs here only, means literally "succulence," but in the LXX. the adjective means "rich" (1 Kings 1:9). It here implies that the sum which had been collected by St. Paul's exertion was a large one. Avoiding this, that no man should blame us,.... There is an allusion in these words to mariners, who, when sensible of danger, steer their course another way, in order to shun a rock and secure themselves. So the apostles being aware of the censorious spirits of some persons, and to prevent all suspicion of their converting any part of what they had collected to their own private use, sent Titus with it, a man of known probity and integrity; and he not by himself only, but another brother with him, one who had obtained a good report as a minister of the Gospel in all the churches: and, besides, was appointed not by the apostles, but by the churches themselves, to this service. This shows the good conduct, and great prudence of the apostle, and his care and solicitude that the ministry be not blamed; he knew he had many enemies, and how subject such are to suspicion and jealousy, when persons are intrusted with much, which was the case here; for it is added,

in this abundance which is administered by us: which designs the very large contributions which were made by the churches, through the means of the apostle's moving, exciting, and encouraging them thereunto; and which were committed to their care and trust, and at their entreaty they had accepted of. 20. Avoiding—taking precautions against this.

in this abundance—in the case of this abundance.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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