2 Corinthians 8:9
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New International Version
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

New Living Translation
You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

English Standard Version
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

New American Standard Bible
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

King James Bible
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.

International Standard Version
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah. Although he was rich, for your sakes he became poor, so that you, through his poverty, might become rich.

NET Bible
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you know the grace of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, who for your sake became poor, when he was rich, so that you might become rich by his poverty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor that ye through his poverty might be enriched.

King James 2000 Bible
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.

American King James Version
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.

American Standard Version
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that being rich he became poor, for your sakes; that through his poverty you might be rich.

Darby Bible Translation
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sakes he, being rich, became poor, in order that *ye* by *his* poverty might be enriched.

English Revised Version
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.

Webster's Bible Translation
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Weymouth New Testament
For you know the condescending goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ--how for your sakes He became poor, though He was rich, in order that you through His poverty might grow rich.

World English Bible
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.

Young's Literal Translation
for ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that because of you he became poor -- being rich, that ye by that poverty may become rich.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. The word "grace," as in vers. 4, 6, 7, here means "gracious beneficence." Though he was rich (John 16:15; Ephesians 3:8). Became poor. The aorist implies the concentration of his self-sacrifice in a single act. By his poverty. The word "his" in the Greek implies the greatness of Christ. The word for "poverty" would, in classical Greek, mean "pauperism" or "mendicancy." Dean Stanley (referring to Milman's 'Latin Christianity,' 5. bk. 12. c. 6) points out how large a place this verse occupied in the mediaeval controversies between the moderate and the extreme members of the mendicant orders. William of Ockham and others, taking the word "poverty" in its extremest sense, maintained that the Franciscans ought to possess nothing; but Pope John XXII., with the Dominicans, took a more rational view of the sense and of the historic facts.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus,.... This is a new argument, and a very forcible one to engage to liberality, taken from the wonderful grace and love of Christ, displayed in his state of humiliation towards his people; which is well known to all them that have truly believed in Christ; of this they are not and cannot be ignorant, his love, good will, and favour are so manifest; there are such glaring proofs of it in his incarnation, sufferings, and death, that leave no room for any to doubt of it:

that though he was rich; in the perfections of his divine nature, having the fulness of the Godhead in him, all that the Father has, and so equal to him; such as eternity, immutability, infinity and immensity, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, &c. in the works of his hands, which reach to everything that is made, the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that in them are, things visible and invisible; in his universal empire and dominion over all creature; and in those large revenues of glory, which are due to him from them all; which riches of his are underived from another, incommunicable to another, and cannot be lost:

yet for your sakes he became poor; by assuming human nature, with all its weaknesses and imperfections excepting sin; he appeared in it not as a lord, but in the form of a servant; he endured in it a great deal of reproach and shame, and at last death itself; not that by becoming man he ceased to be God, or lost his divine perfections, thought these were much hid and covered from the view of man; and in his human nature he became the reverse of what he is in his divine nature, namely, finite and circumscriptible, weak and infirm, ignorant of some things, and mortal; in which nature also he was exposed to much meanness and outward poverty; he was born of poor parents, had no liberal education, was brought up to a trade, had not where to lay his head, was ministered to by others of their substance, and had nothing to bequeath his mother at his death, but commits her to the care of one of his disciples; all which fulfilled the prophecies of him, that he should be and "poor" and "low", Psalm 41:1. The persons for whom he became so, were not the angels, but elect men; who were sinners and ungodly persons, and were thereby become bankrupts and beggars: the end for which he became poor for them was,

that they through his poverty might be rich; not in temporals, but in spirituals; and by his obedience, sufferings, and death in his low estate, he has paid all their debts, wrought out a robe of righteousness, rich and adorned with jewels, with which he clothes them, and through his blood and sacrifice has made them kings and priests unto God. They are enriched by him with the graces of his Spirit; with the truths of the Gospel, comparable to gold, silver, and precious stones; with himself and all that he has; with the riches of grace here, and of glory hereafter. These are communicable from him, though unsearchable, and are solid and substantial, satisfying, lasting, and for ever. Now if this grace of Christ will not engage to liberality with cheerfulness, nothing will.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. ye know the grace—the act of gratuitous love whereby the Lord emptied Himself of His previous heavenly glory (Php 2:6, 7) for your sakes.

became poor—Yet this is not demanded of you (2Co 8:14); but merely that, without impoverishing yourselves, you should relieve others with your abundance. If the Lord did so much more, and at so much heavier a cost, for your sakes; much more may you do an act of love to your brethren at so little a sacrifice of self.

might be rich—in the heavenly glory which constitutes His riches, and all other things, so far as is really good for us (compare 1Co 3:21, 22).

2 Corinthians 8:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Example
9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 10I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:28
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Romans 15:3
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."

2 Corinthians 6:10
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Philippians 2:6
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

Philippians 2:7
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Philippians 2:8
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- even death on a cross!

Revelation 2:9
I know your afflictions and your poverty--yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Treasury of Scripture

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.

the grace.

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the …

John 1:14,17 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

Romans 5:8,20,21 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, …

1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which …

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his …

Ephesians 3:8,19 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

though.

Psalm 102:25-27 Of old have you laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens …

John 1:1-4,10 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …

John 16:15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he …

1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Colossians 1:16,17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Hebrews 1:2,6-14 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

for.

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake …

Isaiah 65:8 Thus said the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and …

John 12:30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

he became.

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the …

Matthew 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go you to the sea, and …

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, …

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling …

Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many …

Luke 9:58 And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have …

Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God…

that ye.

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

Luke 16:11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, …

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, …

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

1 Corinthians 3:21,22 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours…

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

Revelation 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, …

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