2 Corinthians 8:5
New International Version
And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

New Living Translation
They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.

English Standard Version
and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

Berean Study Bible
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.

Berean Literal Bible
And not only as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, by the will of God.

New American Standard Bible
and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

King James Bible
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

Christian Standard Bible
and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us by God's will.

Contemporary English Version
And they did more than we had hoped. They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, just as God wanted them to do.

Good News Translation
It was more than we could have hoped for! First they gave themselves to the Lord; and then, by God's will they gave themselves to us as well.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will.

International Standard Version
We did not expect that! They gave themselves to the Lord first and then to us, since this was God's will.

NET Bible
And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

New Heart English Bible
This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And not according to what we had hoped, but they offered themselves to our Lord first and also to us in the will of God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They did more than we had expected. First, they gave themselves to the Lord and to us, since this was God's will.

New American Standard 1977
and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord and then unto us by the will of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And this they did, not as we expected, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

American King James Version
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.

American Standard Version
and this , not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And not as we hoped, but they gave their own selves first to the Lord, then to us by the will of God:

Darby Bible Translation
And not according as we hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and to us by God's will.

English Revised Version
and this, not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God:

Weymouth New Testament
They not only did this, as we had expected, but first of all in obedience to God's will they gave their own selves to the Lord and to us.

World English Bible
This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.

Young's Literal Translation
and not according as we expected, but themselves they did give first to the Lord, and to us, through the will of God,
Study Bible
Generosity Commended
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. 6So we urged Titus to help complete your act of grace, just as he had started it.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

2 Corinthians 8:1
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia.

Treasury of Scripture

And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.

first.

2 Corinthians 5:14,15
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: …

1 Samuel 1:28
Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

2 Chronicles 30:8
Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

unto.

2 Corinthians 4:5
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

1 Chronicles 12:18
Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

2 Chronicles 30:12
Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.







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

not [only]
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

[did they do] as
καθὼς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.

we expected,
ἠλπίσαμεν (ēlpisamen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1679: To hope, hope for, expect, trust. From elpis; to expect or confide.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

they gave
ἔδωκαν (edōkan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

themselves
ἑαυτοὺς (heautous)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

first
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's Greek 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.

to the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine 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.

Lord
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

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

to us,
ἡμῖν (hēmin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

because it was
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

[the] will
θελήματος (thelēmatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2307: An act of will, will; plur: wishes, desires. From the prolonged form of ethelo; a determination, i.e. choice or inclination.

of God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(5) Not as we hoped . . .--This means, of course, that they had done what was far beyond his hopes; and here the point lies in the fact that they gave, not their money only, but themselves, their time, thought, energy, primarily to Christ as their Lord, and then to the Apostle as His minister. And this they had done because they allowed the will of God to work upon their will.

Verse 5. - Not as we hoped; rather, not as we expected. They were so poor that it was impossible to expect much from them, but they surpassed my expectations in every way. The Church of Philippi, perhaps under the influence of Lydia, was remarkable for generosity, and was the only Church from which St. Paul would accept any personal help (Philippians 2:25; Philippians 4:15-18). First. "They gave themselves to the Lord, which is the best of all, and they gave themselves as helpers to us also - by the will of God." (For a similar use of "and" to imply a matter of less importance, see Acts 15:28.) The phrase, "by the will of God," implies thanksgiving to God for the grace which enabled them to give themselves to him, and their goods to his saints. Being "a peculiar people," they naturally showed themselves "zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14). First (Romans 1:16; Romans 2:9, 10). 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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