2 Corinthians 8:3
New International Version
For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,

New Living Translation
For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will.

English Standard Version
For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,

Berean Study Bible
For I testify that they gave according to their ability and even beyond it. Of their own accord,

Berean Literal Bible
For I testify that according to their ability and beyond their ability, they were willing of themselves,

King James Bible
For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

New King James Version
For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,

New American Standard Bible
For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave voluntarily,

NASB 1995
For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord,

NASB 1977
For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their own accord,

Amplified Bible
For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave voluntarily,

Christian Standard Bible
I can testify that, according to their ability and even beyond their ability, of their own accord,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability,

American Standard Version
For according to their power, I bear witness, yea and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I testify that according to their power and more than their power in the willingness of their soul,

Contemporary English Version
They gave as much as they could afford and even more, simply because they wanted to.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For according to their power ( I bear them witness), and beyond their power, they were willing.

English Revised Version
For according to their power, I bear witness, yea and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,

Good News Translation
I can assure you that they gave as much as they could, and even more than they could. Of their own free will

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I assure you that by their own free will they have given all they could, even more than they could afford.

International Standard Version
I can testify that by their own free will they have given to the utmost of their ability, yes, even beyond their ability.

Literal Standard Version
because, according to [their] power, I testify, and above [their] power, they were willing of themselves,

NET Bible
For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily,

New Heart English Bible
For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,

Weymouth New Testament
For I can testify that to the utmost of their power, and even beyond their power, they have of their own free will given help.

World English Bible
For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,

Young's Literal Translation
because, according to their power, I testify, and above their power, they were willing of themselves,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Generosity Commended
2In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave according to their ability and even beyond it. Of their own accord, 4they earnestly pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.…

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 8:11
Now finish the work, so that you may complete it just as eagerly as you began, according to your means.


Treasury of Scripture

For to their power, I bear record, yes, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

to.

2 Corinthians 9:6,7
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully…

Mark 14:8
She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

Acts 11:29
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

I bear.

Romans 10:2
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Galatians 4:15
Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

Colossians 4:13
For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

beyond.

2 Corinthians 8:12,16,17
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not…

Exodus 35:5,21,22,29
Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass, …

1 Chronicles 29:5,6,9,13-17
The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD? …









(3) They were willing of themselves.--Literally, spontaneously. This was the point of excellence which he wished to indicate as an example to the Corinthians. Those of Macedonia needed no appeal or counsel such as he had given to the Corinthians and to others.

Verse 3. - They were willing of themselves. "Of their own accord," as in ver. 17. The verb in the original is energetically omitted, with the "they gave" of ver. 5. St. Paul does not mean that the notion of making the collection originated with them (2 Corinthians 9:2), but only that they displayed a voluntary energy in carrying it out.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

I testify [that]
μαρτυρῶ (martyrō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 3140: To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

[they gave] according to
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

[their] ability
δύναμιν (dynamin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1411: From dunamai; force; specially, miraculous power.

and even
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

beyond
παρὰ (para)
Preposition
Strong's 3844: Gen: from; dat: beside, in the presence of; acc: alongside of.

[it].
δύναμιν (dynamin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1411: From dunamai; force; specially, miraculous power.

Of their own accord,
αὐθαίρετοι (authairetoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 830: Of one's own accord, self-chosen. From autos and the same as hairetizo; self-chosen, i.e. voluntary.


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