2 Corinthians 2:9
New International Version
Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.

New Living Translation
I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions.

English Standard Version
For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.

Berean Study Bible
My purpose in writing you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.

Berean Literal Bible
For this indeed also did I write, so that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient to everything.

King James Bible
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

New King James Version
For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.

New American Standard Bible
For to this end I also wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.

NASB 1995
For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.

NASB 1977
For to this end also I wrote that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.

Amplified Bible
For this was my purpose in writing, to see if you would stand the test, whether you are obedient and committed to following my instruction in all things.

Christian Standard Bible
I wrote for this purpose: to test your character to see if you are obedient in everything.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wrote for this purpose: to test your character to see if you are obedient in everything.

American Standard Version
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For this cause I have written also to know by a test if you are obedient in everything.

Contemporary English Version
I also wrote because I wanted to test you and find out if you would follow my instructions.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For to this end also did I write, that I may know the experiment of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

Good News Translation
I wrote you that letter because I wanted to find out how well you had stood the test and whether you are always ready to obey my instructions.

International Standard Version
I had also written to you to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in every way.

Literal Standard Version
for this also I wrote, that I might know your proof, whether you are obedient in regard to all things.

New American Bible
For this is why I wrote, to know your proven character, whether you were obedient in everything.

NET Bible
For this reason also I wrote you: to test you to see if you are obedient in everything.

New Revised Standard Version
I wrote for this reason: to test you and to know whether you are obedient in everything.

New Heart English Bible
For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things.

Weymouth New Testament
For in writing to you I have also this object in view--to discover by experience whether you are prepared to be obedient in every respect.

World English Bible
For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things.

Young's Literal Translation
for, for this also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether in regard to all things ye are obedient.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Reaffirm Your Love
8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. 9My purpose in writing you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And if I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven it in the presence of Christ for your sake,…

Cross References
2 Corinthians 2:3
I wrote as I did so that on my arrival I would not be saddened by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would share my joy.

2 Corinthians 2:4
For through many tears I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart, not to grieve you but to let you know how much I love you.

2 Corinthians 2:8
Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.

2 Corinthians 7:12
So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong or the one who was harmed, but rather that your earnestness on our behalf would be made clear to you in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 7:15
And his affection for you is even greater when he remembers that you were all obedient as you welcomed him with fear and trembling.

2 Corinthians 8:2
In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity.

2 Corinthians 10:6
And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as your obedience is complete.


Treasury of Scripture

For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

that.

2 Corinthians 7:12-15
Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you…

2 Corinthians 8:24
Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

Exodus 16:4
Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

whether.

2 Corinthians 7:15
And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.

2 Corinthians 10:6
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Philippians 2:12
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.











(9) For to this end also did I write . . .--The tense of the Greek verb, which may be what is known as the Epistolary aorist, used by the writer of the time at which he writes, would not be decisive as to what is referred to, and the words may mean: "I write to you thus to see whether you are as obedient now as you were before--in one line of action as in the other." If he refers to the First Epistle, it is to intimate that he gave the directions in 1Corinthians 5:3-7, not only for the removal of a scandal and the reformation of the offender who had caused it, but as a test of their obedience. On the whole, the former interpretation seems preferable. It scarcely seems like St. Paul to make the punishment a trial of obedience. There is a characteristic subtle delicacy of thought in his suggesting that, having shown obedience in punishing they should show it also in forgiving.

Verse 9. - For to this end also did I write. This is another reason which he gives for the severe tone of his First Epistle. It was written

(1) to avoid the necessity for a painful visit (ver. 3);

(2) to show his special love for them (ver. 4); and

(3) to test their obedience. The proof of you. Your proved faithfulness (2 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Corinthians 9:13; 2 Corinthians 13:3; Romans 5:4); your capacity to stand a test.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
{My} purpose
Εἰς (Eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

in writing [you]
ἔγραψα (egrapsa)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1125: A primary verb; to 'grave', especially to write; figuratively, to describe.

[was] to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

see
γνῶ (gnō)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

you
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

would stand the test
δοκιμὴν (dokimēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1382: A trial, proof; tried, approved character. From the same as dokimos; test; by implication, trustiness.

[and]
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

be obedient
ὑπήκοοί (hypēkooi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5255: Listening to, obedient, submissive. From hupakouo; attentively listening, i.e. submissive.

in
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

everything.
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.


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