2 Corinthians 8:5
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New International Version
And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

New Living Translation
They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.

English Standard Version
and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

Berean Study Bible
And not only did they do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, because it was the will of God.

Berean Literal Bible
And not only as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, by the will of God.

New American Standard Bible
and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

King James Bible
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will.

International Standard Version
We did not expect that! They gave themselves to the Lord first and then to us, since this was God's will.

NET Bible
And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And not according to what we had hoped, but they offered themselves to our Lord first and also to us in the will of God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They did more than we had expected. First, they gave themselves to the Lord and to us, since this was God's will.

New American Standard 1977
and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord and then unto us by the will of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And this they did, not as we expected, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

American King James Version
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.

American Standard Version
and this , not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And not as we hoped, but they gave their own selves first to the Lord, then to us by the will of God:

Darby Bible Translation
And not according as we hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and to us by God's will.

English Revised Version
and this, not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God:

Weymouth New Testament
They not only did this, as we had expected, but first of all in obedience to God's will they gave their own selves to the Lord and to us.

World English Bible
This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.

Young's Literal Translation
and not according as we expected, but themselves they did give first to the Lord, and to us, through the will of God,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:1-6 The grace of God must be owned as the root and fountain of all the good in us, or done by us, at any time. It is great grace and favour from God, if we are made useful to others, and forward to any good work. He commends the charity of the Macedonians. So far from needing that Paul should urge them, they prayed him to receive the gift. Whatever we use or lay out for God, it is only giving him what is his own. All we give for charitable uses, will not be accepted of God, nor turn to our advantage, unless we first give ourselves to the Lord. By ascribing all really good works to the grace of God, we not only give the glory to him whose due it is, but also show men where their strength is. Abundant spiritual joy enlarges men's hearts in the work and labour of love. How different this from the conduct of those who will not join in any good work, unless urged into it!
Study Bible
Generosity Commended
4they pleaded earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5And not only did they do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, because it was the will of God. 6So we urged Titus to help complete your act of grace, just as he had started it.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

2 Corinthians 8:1
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia.
Treasury of Scripture

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