2 Corinthians 8:4
New International Version
they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord's people.

New Living Translation
They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—

Berean Study Bible
they pleaded earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

Berean Literal Bible
imploring of us with much entreaty for the grace and the fellowship of the service among the saints.

New American Standard Bible
begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,

New King James Version
imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

King James Bible
Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

Christian Standard Bible
they begged us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints,

Contemporary English Version
They even asked and begged us to let them have the joy of giving their money for God's people.

Good News Translation
they begged us and pleaded for the privilege of having a part in helping God's people in Judea.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints,

International Standard Version
They begged us earnestly for the privilege of participating in this ministry to the saints.

NET Bible
begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the saints.

New Heart English Bible
begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They begged us with much entreaty that they might share in the grace of the ministry of The Holy Ones,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They made an appeal to us, begging us to let them participate in the ministry of God's kindness to his holy people [in Jerusalem].

New American Standard 1977
begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,

Jubilee Bible 2000
praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the grace and take upon us the fellowship of the ministry to the saints.

King James 2000 Bible
Begging us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

American King James Version
Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take on us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

American Standard Version
beseeching us with much entreaty in regard of this grace and the fellowship in the ministering to the saints:

Douay-Rheims Bible
With much entreaty begging of us the grace and communication of the ministry that is done toward the saints.

Darby Bible Translation
begging of us with much entreaty [to give effect to] the grace and fellowship of the service which [was to be rendered] to the saints.

English Revised Version
beseeching us with much entreaty in regard of this grace and the fellowship in the ministering to the saints:

Webster's Bible Translation
Praying us with much entreaty, that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

Weymouth New Testament
With earnest entreaty they begged from us the favour of being allowed to share in the service now being rendered to God's people.

World English Bible
begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints.

Young's Literal Translation
with much entreaty calling on us to receive the favour and the fellowship of the ministration to the saints,
Study Bible
Generosity Commended
3For I testify that they gave according to their ability and even beyond it. Of their own accord, 4they pleaded earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5And 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.…
Cross References
Acts 24:17
After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings.

Romans 15:25
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem to serve the saints there.

Romans 15:31
Pray that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there,

2 Corinthians 8:19
More than that, this brother was chosen by the churches to accompany us with the offering--the gracious gift we administer to honor the Lord Himself and to show our eagerness to help.

2 Corinthians 9:1
Now about the service to the saints, there is no need for me to write to you.

2 Corinthians 9:12
For this ministry of service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:13
Because of the proof this ministry provides, the saints will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for the generosity of your contribution to them and to all the others.

Treasury of Scripture

Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take on us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

that.

2 Corinthians 8:18,19
And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; …

Genesis 33:10,11
And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me…

2 Kings 5:15,16
And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant…

the ministering.

2 Corinthians 9:1,12-14
For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: …

Matthew 10:42
And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Matthew 12:50
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.







Lexicon
they pleaded
δεόμενοι (deomenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1189: To want for myself; I want, need; I beg, request, beseech, pray. Middle voice of deo; to beg, i.e. Petition.

earnestly
παρακλήσεως (paraklēseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3874: From parakaleo; imploration, hortation, solace.

for 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.

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

of sharing
κοινωνίαν (koinōnian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2842: From koinonos; partnership, i.e. participation, or intercourse, or benefaction.

in [this]
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive 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.

service
διακονίας (diakonias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1248: Waiting at table; in a wider sense: service, ministration. From diakonos; attendance; figuratively aid, service.

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

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine 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.

saints.
ἁγίους (hagious)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.
(4) Praying us with much intreaty . . .--The words "that we would receive" are not in the Greek, which literally runs: asking of us the grace (or favour) and fellowship in the ministry of the saints, i.e., asking to be allowed to share in it.

Verse 4. - Praying us. The entreaties came from them, not from me. That we would receive. These words are almost certainly an explanatory gloss. The translation then is, "begging us for the grace of participation in this ministration to the saints." They were so willing in the matter that they entreated me, as a favour (χάρις), to allow them to have a share in this contribution, because it was to be given to the saints, that is, the suffering peer in the Church of Jerusalem. This Church suffered from chronic poverty. Even the Jewish population were liable to famines, in one of which they had only been kept alive by the royal munificence of a proselyte, Queen Helena,of Adiabene. The Christians would, of course, suffer even more deeply, because they were drawn from the humblest classes and had fewer friends. This was one of the reasons why, as an act of common humanity, it was incumbent on the Gentile Christians to help them (Acts 11:29; Romans 15:25, 26). St. Paul had already brought the subject to the notice of the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 16:1-4). 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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