2 Corinthians 8:6
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New International Version
So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.

New Living Translation
So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving.

English Standard Version
Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace.

Berean Study Bible
So we urged Titus to help complete your act of grace, just as he had started it.

Berean Literal Bible
Accordingly, we exhorted Titus that as he had begun, so also he might complete with you this grace as well.

New American Standard Bible
So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.

King James Bible
Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we urged Titus that just as he had begun, so he should also complete this grace to you.

International Standard Version
So we urged Titus to finish this work of kindness among you in the same way that he had started it.

NET Bible
Thus we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, so also he should complete this act of kindness for you.

New Heart English Bible
So we urged Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That we would seek from Titus, that as he started, thus he would complete also this grace in you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This led us to urge Titus to finish his work of God's kindness among you in the same way as he had already started it.

New American Standard 1977
Consequently we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete among you the same grace also.

King James 2000 Bible
So that we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

American King James Version
So that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

American Standard Version
Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Insomuch, that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so also he would finish among you this same grace.

Darby Bible Translation
So that we begged Titus that, according as he had before begun, so he would also complete as to you this grace also;

English Revised Version
Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he had made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace also.

Webster's Bible Translation
So that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

Weymouth New Testament
This led us to urge Titus that, as he had previously been the one who commenced the work, so he should now go and complete among you this act of beneficence also.

World English Bible
So we urged Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace.

Young's Literal Translation
so that we exhorted Titus, that, according as he did begin before, so also he may finish to you also this favour,
Study Bible
Generosity Commended
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. 7But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in the love we inspired in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.…
Cross References
Acts 24:17
After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings.

Romans 15:25
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem to serve the saints there.

2 Corinthians 2:13
I had no peace in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 8:10
And this is my opinion about what is helpful for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give, but even to have such a desire.

2 Corinthians 8:16
But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same devotion I have for you.

2 Corinthians 8:17
For not only did he welcome our appeal, but he is eagerly coming to you of his own volition.

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 8:23
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

So that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

we.

2 Corinthians 8:16,17 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart …

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

grace. or, gift.

2 Corinthians 8:4,19 Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and …

2 Corinthians 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers, that they …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

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

(6) Insomuch that we desired Titus . . .--The sequence of events seems to have been this: When Titus came to Corinth, he, among other things, after seeing the satisfactory results of the First Epistle in other respects, had begun to take measures for this collection for the poor of Jerusalem. He had been, to a certain extent, successful. Encouraged by the report of that success, St. Paul had now entreated Titus to return to Corinth, and to bring the good work to its completion. "This grace also" practically means--this work of liberality, as well as that of repentance and loyal obedience already spoken of in 2 Corinthians 7.

Verse 6. - Insomuch that. Their liberality encouraged me so greatly that I exhorted Titus to return to Corinth once more, and see whether he could not receive some proof that you were equally liberal. The remarks that follow are full of delicate reserve, but under their exquisite tact and urbanity we can perceive that the Corinthians had talked very loudly about their contributions, and had promised with great zeal, but had shown themselves somewhat slack in redeeming their promises. We exhorted Titus. It is curious that this word is constantly used of the missions of Titus (ver. 17; 2 Corinthians 12:18; 1 Corinthians 16:12). As he had began. "That as no inaugurated (this collection), so he would also complete towards you this gracious work also." Among other works of grace which Titus might complete by returning to them from Macedonia was the kindly collection which he had begun to set on foot in his previous visit (2 Corinthians 12:18). Insomuch that we desired Titus,.... Observing the very great readiness, cheerfulness, and liberality of the poor Macedonians in this matter, the apostles could do no other than desire Titus to forward, hasten, and accomplish a like liberal contribution among the Corinthians; or the sense is, that the Macedonians not only prayed with much entreaty, as in 2 Corinthians 8:4 that the apostle would be pleased to take their collection, and send or carry it to Jerusalem; but also that they would entreat Titus,

that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also; that is, that as he had already moved this affair to the Corinthians while he was with them, and had made some progress in it, though what, through one thing or another, it had been retarded, and lay in some measure neglected; that he might be desired to go again, on purpose to complete so good a work, so acceptable to God, and so useful to the poor saints; which carries in it a new and strong argument to stir up the Corinthians to this service; since they had not only the example of the Macedonian churches, but it was even at their request that Titus was desired to go upon this errand; and to this sense read the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions. 6. Insomuch that—As we saw the Macedonians' alacrity in giving, we could not but exhort Titus, that as we collected in Macedonia, so he in Corinth should complete the work of collecting which he had already begun there, lest ye, the wealthy people of Corinth, should be outdone in liberality by the poor Macedonians.

as he had begun—Greek, "previously begun," namely, the collection at Corinth, before the Macedonians began to contribute, during the visit to Corinth from which he had just returned.

finish in you the same grace—complete among you this act of grace or beneficence on your part.

also—as well as other things which he had to do among them [Alford].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!
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