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

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

Darby Bible Translation
For according to [their] power, I bear witness, and beyond [their] power, [they were] willing of their own accord,

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,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For to their power, etc. - In their liberality they had no rule but their ability; they believed they were bound to contribute all they could; and even this rule they transgressed, for they went beyond their power - they deprived themselves for a time of the necessaries of life, in order to give to others who were destitute even of necessaries.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

to.

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him...

1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives...

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 you spoke of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible...

Colossians 4:13 For I bear him record, that he has 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 has, and not according to that he has not...

Exodus 35:5,21,22,29 Take you from among you an offering to the LORD: whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold...

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...

Psalm 110:3 Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning...

1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed to me.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls...

Philemon 1:14 But without your mind would I do nothing; that your benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre...

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Willing and not Doing
'Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will so there may be a performance also.'--2 COR. viii. 11. The Revised Version reads: 'But now complete the doing also; that as there was the readiness to will, so there may be the completion also out of your ability.' A collection of money for the almost pauper church at Jerusalem bulked very largely in the Apostle's mind at the date of the writing of the two letters to the Corinthian church. We learn that that church had
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Condescension of Christ
And now, dear friends, the argument of the apostle shall be our subject to-day. It divides itself in an extremely simple manner. We have first, the pristine condition of our Saviour--"He was rich." We have next, his condescension--"He became poor." And then we have the effect and result of his poverty--"That we might be made rich." We shall then close by giving you a doctrine, a question, and an exhortation. May God bless all these, and help us to tell them aright. I. First, then, our text tells
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Church of Christ. "It is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is ruth."--1 John v. 6. We now proceed to discuss the work of the Holy Spirit wrought in the Church of Christ. Altho the Son of God has had a Church in the earth from the beginning, yet the Scripture distinguishes between its manifestation before and after Christ. As the acorn, planted in the ground, exists, altho it passes through the two periods of germinating and rooting, and of growing upward and forming trunk and
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Balak's Inquiries Relative to the Service of God, and Balaam's Answer, Briefly Considered.
"Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with, thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my first born for my transgression; the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?--He hath shewed thee, 0 man, what is good: And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" As mankind are
Andrew Lee et al—Sermons on Various Important Subjects

Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

2 Corinthians 8:11
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

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