2 Corinthians 8:1
New International Version
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.

New Living Translation
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia.

English Standard Version
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,

Berean Study Bible
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia.

Berean Literal Bible
Now we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God having been bestowed among the churches of Macedonia,

New American Standard Bible
Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,

King James Bible
Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

Christian Standard Bible
We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that was given to the churches of Macedonia:

Contemporary English Version
My friends, we want you to know that the churches in Macedonia have shown others God's gift of undeserved grace.

Good News Translation
Our friends, we want you to know what God's grace has accomplished in the churches in Macedonia.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia:

International Standard Version
We want you to know, brothers, about God's grace that was given to the churches of Macedonia.

NET Bible
Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia,

New Heart English Bible
Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God that is given to the assemblies of Macedonia.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, we want you to know how God showed his kindness to the churches in the province of Macedonia.

New American Standard 1977
Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Likewise, brethren, we make known unto you the grace of God bestowed on the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of Macedonia,

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover, brethren, we want you to know of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

American King James Version
Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

American Standard Version
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God which hath been given in the churches of Macedonia;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now we make known unto you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in the churches of Macedonia.

Darby Bible Translation
But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God bestowed in the assemblies of Macedonia;

English Revised Version
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God which hath been given in the churches of Macedonia;

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

Weymouth New Testament
But we desire to let you know, brethren, of the grace of God which has been bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia;

World English Bible
Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia;

Young's Literal Translation
And we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in the assemblies of Macedonia,
Study Bible
Generosity Commended
1Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia. 2In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity.…
Cross References
Acts 16:9
During the night, Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and pleading with him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

Acts 24:17
After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings.

Romans 15:26
For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 8:5
And 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.

Treasury of Scripture

Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

we.

2 Corinthians 8:19
And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

the grace.

2 Corinthians 8:2-7
How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality…

2 Corinthians 9:12
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

Acts 11:23
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

churches.

2 Corinthians 9:2,4
For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many…

2 Corinthians 11:9
And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.

Acts 16:9
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.







Lexicon
Now,
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

brothers,
ἀδελφοί (adelphoi)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

we want you to know about
Γνωρίζομεν (Gnōrizomen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1107: To make known, declare, know, discover. From a derivative of ginosko; to make known; subjectively, to know.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

grace
χάριν (charin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5485: From chairo; graciousness, of manner or act.

God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

has given
δεδομένην (dedomenēn)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

the
ταῖς (tais)
Article - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

churches
ἐκκλησίαις (ekklēsiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

of Macedonia.
Μακεδονίας (Makedonias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3109: (Hebrew), Macedonia, a Roman province north of Achaia (Greece). From Makedon; Macedonia, a region of Greece.
VIII.

(1) Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit . . .--Better, we declare, or make known to you. There is no adequate reason for retaining a phrase which is now obsolete. The topic on which the Epistle now touches, and which is carried on through this and the following chapter, was one very dear to the Apostle's heart. (See Note on 1Corinthians 16:1.) When he wrote before he had simply given directions as to what the Corinthians were to do. Now he has something to tell them. The churches of Macedonia--Philippi, we must believe, prominent among them--had been true to their old generosity (2Corinthians 11:8-9; Philippians 4:15), and were now showing it, not, as before, in personal kindness to their teacher, but in the truer way of acting as he wished them to act; and he sees in this a means of stirring up his friends at Corinth to an honourable emulation. There is something intensely characteristic in the way in which he opens his statement. He traces the generosity of the Macedonians to its true source. He is going to tell the Corinthians of the "grace of God" that has enabled them to do so much.

Verse 1. - We do you to wit; rather, we make known to you. The phrase is like the modern "I wish to inform you." In this and the next chapter St. Paul, having fully spoken of the joy which had been caused to him by their reception of his first letter, and having said as much as he then intended to say in answer to the charges insinuated against him, proceeds to give directions about the collection for the poor saints at Jerusalem. He had already spoken of it (1 Corinthians 16:1-4), but feared that they were behindhand, and now sends Titus to stimulate their zeal. The style throughout is brief and allusive, because he had already, in various ways, brought this matter fully before them. Throughout this section he shows in a remarkable degree the tact, courtesy, high sense of honour, and practical wisdom which were among his many gifts. The "but" with which the chapter begins in the original is St. Paul's ordinary formula of transition, as in 1 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Corinthians 12:1; 1 Corinthians 13:1, etc. (For the phrase, "we inform you," see 1 Corinthians 12:3; 1 Corinthians 15:1.) It is one of numberless incidental proofs of the genuineness of this group of Epistles - the Epistles of the second great missionary journey - that the same words, phrases, and thoughts constantly recur in them. The grace of God (see next note). Bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia; rather, which is being bestowed in the Churches. St. Paul wants to tell the Corinthians how extremely liberal the Macedonians have been, since it was his custom to stir up one Church by the example of another (2 Corinthians 9:2); but he begins by speaking of their generosity as a proof of the grace which they are receiving from the Holy Spirit. The Churches of Macedonia. The only Macedonian Churches of which we have any details in the New Testament are those of Philippi, Thessalonica, and Beroea. They seem to have been peculiarly dear to St. Paul, who was attracted by their cheerfulness in affliction and their generosity in the midst of want. 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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