2 Corinthians 8:8
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New International Version
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.

New Living Translation
I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.

English Standard Version
I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.

Berean Study Bible
I am not making a demand, but I am testing the sincerity of your love in comparison to the earnestness of others.

Berean Literal Bible
I do not speak as a command, but proving the genuineness of your love through the earnestness of others also.

New American Standard Bible
I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.

King James Bible
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love.

International Standard Version
I am not commanding you but testing the genuineness of your love by the enthusiasm of others.

NET Bible
I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I am not commanding simply to give you orders, but I am testing the truth of your love with the diligence of your companions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm not commanding you, but I'm testing how genuine your love is by pointing out the dedication of others.

New American Standard 1977
I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I speak not as commanding, but by occasion of the diligence of others and to prove the sincerity of your charity.

King James 2000 Bible
I speak not by commandment, but to prove by the earnestness of others, the sincerity of your love.

American King James Version
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

American Standard Version
I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I speak not as commanding; but by the carefulness of others, approving also the good disposition of your charity.

Darby Bible Translation
I do not speak as commanding [it], but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love.

English Revised Version
I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.

Webster's Bible Translation
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

Weymouth New Testament
I am not saying this by way of command, but to test by the standard of other men's earnestness the genuineness of your love also.

World English Bible
I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.

Young's Literal Translation
not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:7-9 Faith is the root; and as without faith it is not possible to please God, Heb 11:6, so those who abound in faith, will abound in other graces and good works also; and this will work and show itself by love. Great talkers are not always the best doers; but these Corinthians were diligent to do, as well as to know and talk well. To all these good things the apostle desires them to add this grace also, to abound in charity to the poor. The best arguments for Christian duties, are drawn from the grace and love of Christ. Though he was rich, as being God, equal in power and glory with the Father, yet he not only became man for us, but became poor also. At length he emptied himself, as it were, to ransom their souls by his sacrifice on the cross. From what riches, blessed Lord, to what poverty didst thou descend for our sakes! and to what riches hast thou advanced us through thy poverty! It is our happiness to be wholly at thy disposal.
Study Bible
Generosity Commended
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. 8I am not making a demand, but I am testing the sincerity of your love in comparison to the earnestness of others. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:6
I say this as a concession, not as a command.

2 Corinthians 9:2
For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting to the Macedonians that since last year you in Achaia were prepared to give. And your zeal has stirred most of them to do likewise.
Treasury of Scripture

I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

speak.

2 Corinthians 8:10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have …

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; …

1 Corinthians 7:6,12,25 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment…

by occasion.

2 Corinthians 8:1-3 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

2 Corinthians 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you …

Romans 11:12-14 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing …

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:

prove.

2 Corinthians 8:24 Why show you to them, and before the churches, the proof of your …

2 Corinthians 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the …

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth…

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, …

Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

James 2:14-16 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 John 3:17-19 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

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