2 Corinthians 9:3
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New International Version
But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be.

New Living Translation
But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, as I have been telling them, and that your money is all collected. I don't want to be wrong in my boasting about you.

English Standard Version
But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be.

Berean Study Bible
But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove empty, but that you will be prepared, just as I said.

Berean Literal Bible
But I have sent the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not be made void, that you may be prepared, as I have been saying.

New American Standard Bible
But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as I was saying, you may be prepared;

King James Bible
Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I sent the brothers so our boasting about you in the matter would not prove empty, and so you would be prepared just as I said.

International Standard Version
Now I have sent the brothers so that our boasting about you in this matter may not prove to be an idle boast, and so that you may stand ready, just as I said.

NET Bible
But I am sending these brothers so that our boasting about you may not be empty in this case, so that you may be ready just as I kept telling them.

New Heart English Bible
But I have sent the brothers that our boasting on your behalf may not be in vain in this respect, that, just as I said, you may be prepared,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I sent the brethren lest our boasting would be empty which we boasted about you concerning this matter, that you would be prepared,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I've sent my coworkers so that when we brag that you're ready, we can back it up.

New American Standard 1977
But I have sent the brethren, that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, that, as I was saying, you may be prepared;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet I have sent the brethren lest our glorying of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready,

King James 2000 Bible
Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, you may be ready:

American King James Version
Yet have I sent the brothers, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, you may be ready:

American Standard Version
But I have sent the brethren, that our glorying on your behalf may not be made void in this respect; that, even as I said, ye may be prepared:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now I have sent the brethren, that the thing which we boast of concerning you, be not made void in this behalf, that (as I have said) you may be ready:

Darby Bible Translation
But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made void in this respect, in order that, as I have said, ye may be prepared;

English Revised Version
But I have sent the brethren, that our glorying on your behalf may not be made void in this respect; that, even as I said, ye may be prepared:

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:

Weymouth New Testament
Still I send the brethren in order that in this matter our boast about you may not turn out to have been an idle one; so that, as I have said, you may be ready;

World English Bible
But I have sent the brothers that our boasting on your behalf may not be in vain in this respect, that, just as I said, you may be prepared,

Young's Literal Translation
and I sent the brethren, that our boasting on your behalf may not be made vain in this respect; that, according as I said, ye may be ready,
Study Bible
God Loves a Cheerful Giver
2For 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. 3But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove empty, but that you will be prepared, just as I said. 4Otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—to say nothing of you—would be ashamed of having been so confident.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week, each of you should set aside a portion of his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will be needed.

2 Corinthians 7:4
Great is my confidence in you; great is my pride in you; I am filled with encouragement; in all our troubles my joy overflows.

2 Corinthians 9:5
So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you beforehand and make arrangements for the bountiful gift you had promised. This way, your gift will be prepared generously and not begrudgingly.
Treasury of Scripture

Yet have I sent the brothers, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, you may be ready:

have.

2 Corinthians 9:4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, …

2 Corinthians 7:14 For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; …

2 Corinthians 8:6,17-24 So that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also …

ye may.

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

1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order …

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey …

(3) Yet have I sent the brethren . . .--This, then, was his purpose in the new mission. He wanted the performance not to fall short of the promise. They must be found ready, their money collected. (Comp. 1Corinthians 16:2.)

In this behalf.--Perhaps, in this particular, or, in this respect, would be more in harmony with modern English phraseology.

Verse 3. - But. Though it is needless to write to you about this collection, I sent the brethren to make sure that all I had said about you might be justified by reality. In this behalf; i.e. about this matter (comp. 2 Corinthians 3:10), or, as we might express it, "in this direction." He seems to have felt more uncertainty about their liberality than about other matters (2 Corinthians 7:4). Yet have I sent the brethren,.... Titus, and the other two mentioned in the foregoing chapter: one manuscript reads, "we have sent"; and the Ethiopic version, "they have sent", that is, the Macedonians; but the common reading is best. It might be objected, that since the apostle knew the forwardness of their minds, how ready they were a year ago, and had boasted so much of their liberality, that it must be unnecessary to send the brethren to them, to stir them up to this work; which objection is prevented by observing the reason of his sending them:

lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf: or, "in this part", in this particular thing, , "concerning this business", or affair of beneficence to the poor, as the Syriac version renders it. He had boasted of them with respect to other things besides this; but he was chiefly concerned, knowing the frailty and changeableness of human nature, and how possible it was that their forwardness might abate, and they grow cold and indifferent to such service, lest his glorying of them should be in vain in this particular instance; wherefore he sent the brethren to put them on, that as they had begun they would finish:

that as I said ye may be ready, That as he had said to the Macedonians, that they were ready in mind, it might appear to be so; or as he had ordered them in his former epistle, they might be actually ready; have their collection ready made, so that there might be no gathering when he came. 3. have I sent—we should say, "I send"; whereas the ancients put it in the past, the time which it would be by the time that the letter arrived.

the brethren—(2Co 8:18, 22)—Titus and the two others.

should be in vain in this behalf—"should be proved futile in this particular," however true in general (2Co 7:4). A tacit compliment, softening the sharp monition.

as I said—as I was saying (2Co 9:2).9:1-5 When we would have others do good, we must act toward them prudently and tenderly, and give them time. Christians should consider what is for the credit of their profession, and endeavour to adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in all things. The duty of ministering to the saints is so plain, that there would seem no need to exhort Christians to it; yet self-love contends so powerfully against the love of Christ, that it is often necessary to stir up their minds by way of remembrance.
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