2 Corinthians 8:8
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New International Version
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.

King James Bible
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

Darby Bible Translation
I do not speak as commanding [it], but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love.

World English Bible
I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.

Young's Literal Translation
not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness,

2 Corinthians 8:8 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I speak not by commandment - I do not positively order this; I assume no right or authority over your property; what you devote of your substance to charitable purposes must be your own work, and a free-will offering.

The forwardness of others - Viz. the Churches of Macedonia, which had already exerted themselves so very much in this good work. And the apostle here intimates that he takes this opportunity to apprise them of the zeal of the Macedonians, lest those at Corinth, who excelled in every other gift, should be outdone in this. Their own honor, if better motives were absent, would induce them to exert themselves, that they might not be outdone by others. And then, as they had professed great love for the apostle, and this was a service that lay near his heart, they would prove the sincerity of that professed love by a liberal contribution for the afflicted and destitute Jewish Christians.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

speak.

2 Corinthians 8:10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.

1 Corinthians 7:6,12,25 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment...

by occasion.

2 Corinthians 8:1-3 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia...

2 Corinthians 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago...

Romans 11:12-14 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles...

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:

prove.

2 Corinthians 8:24 Why show you to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

2 Corinthians 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth...

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold to that which is good.

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

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Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

James 2:14-16 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him...

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers...

1 John 3:17-19 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him...

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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

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