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.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
And not according as we hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and to us by God's will.
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Not as we hoped - They far exceeded our expectations, for they consecrated themselves entirely to the work of God; giving themselves and all they possessed first unto the Lord; and then, as they saw that it was the will of God that they should come especially forward in this charitable work, they gave themselves to us, to assist to the uttermost in providing relief for the suffering Christians in Judea.
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'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 …
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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
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
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