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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
2 Corinthians 9



Verse 1

touching = concerning. Greek. peri. App-104.

ministering. Greek diakonia. App-190.

to = unto. Greek. eis. App-104.

saints. See Acts 9:13,

Verse 2

know. Greek. oida. App-132.

the forwardness of your mind = your readiness. Greek. prothumia. See Acts 17:11,

boast = glory. Greek. kauchaomai. See Romans 2:17.

of = on behalf of. Greek. huper: App-104.

them of, &c. = the Macedonians.

Achaia = Greece.

a year ago. See 2 Corinthians 8:10.

zeal. Greek. zelos. Compare Acts 5:17.

hath. Omit.

provoked. Greek. erethizo. Only here and Colossians 3:21.

very many = the majority.

Verse 3

have. Omit.

sent, Greek. pempo. App-174.

lest = in order that (Greek. hina). not, Greek me. App-105.

boasting = glorying. Greek. kauchema. See Romans 4:2.

in vain = made void. Greek. kenoo. See Philippians 1:2, Philippians 1:7.

in. Greek. en. App-104.

behalf = part. Greek. meros.

that = in order that. Greek. hina

said = was saying.

Verse 4

Lest haply = Lest by any means. Greek. me pos.

if. App-118.

with. Greek. sun. App-104.

unprepared. Greek. aparaskeuastos. Only here.

not. Greek me. App-105,I.

ashamed. Greek. kataischuno. See Romans 5:5.

confident = confidence. Greek. hupostasis. Here, 2 Corinthians 11:17. Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 3:14; Hebrews 11:1.

boasting. Greek. kauchesis. See Romans 3:27. The texts omit.

Verse 5

exhort. Greek parakaleo. App-134.

unto. Gr. eis. App-10.

make up beforehand. Greek. prokatartizo. Only here. Compare App-125.

bounty = blessing, Greek. eulogia. Translated "blessing" eleven times, "fair speech" Romans 16:18, and "bounty" here and 2 Corinthians 9:6. Compare Joel 2:14. Malachi 2:2, where the same word is used in the Septuagint

whereof ye had notice before = before notified. Greek. prokatangello. See Acts 3:18. The texts read proepangllo, which Occurs elsewhere only in Romans 1:2.

Verse 6

sparingly. Greek pheidomenos. Only here. Compare pheidomai, 2 Corinthians 1:23

bountifully. Lit, upon (Greek. epi. App-104.) blessings, as above. Figure of speech Symploke.

Verse 7

Every man = Each one.

purposeth. Greek. proaireomai. Only here. The texts read "bath purposed".

grudgingly. Lit, of (Greek. ek. App-104.) grief.

of Greek. ek, as above.

God. App-98.,

loveth. Greek. agapao. App-135.

cheerful. Greek. hilaris. Only here. The noun in Romans 12:8. Compare Eng. "hilarity".

giver. Greek. dotes. Only here. Compare Proverbs 22:9, where the Septuagint reads, "God blesseth a cheerful giver". Fig, Parcemia.

Verse 8

able. Greek dunatos, but the texts read the verb dunateo, which ooc. elsewhere only in 2 Corinthians 13:3.

all. Notice the four "alls" which, with "every", give the Figure of speech Polyptotan. App-6.

grace. Greek. charis, App-184. 1,

toward = unto. Greek. eis, as in 2 Corinthians 9:5.

always . . . things. Greek. panti pantote pasan. Figure of speech Paronomasia.

sufficiency. Greek. avtarkeia. Only here and 1 Timothy 6:6, every. Greek. pas. Translated "all "above,

Verse 9

is = has been, or standeth.

dispersed abroad = scattered. Greek. skorpizo, See John 16:32.

poor. Greek. penes. App-127. Only here.

righteousness. Greek. dikaiosune. App-191.

remaineth. Greek. meno. See p. 1511.

for ever. Greek. eis ton aiona. App-151. Quoted from Psalms 112:9.

Verse 10

ministereth. Greek. epichoregeo. Occurs elsewhere, Galatians 1:3, Galatians 1:5. Colossians 2:19; 2 Peter 1:5, 2 Peter 1:11. The prefix epi suggests God"s liberal supply. Compare Isaiah 55:10.

minister. Greek. choregeo Only here and 1 Peter 4:11. The choregos was the leader of a chorus, and then came to mean one who defrayed the cost of a chorus at the public festivals. The texts put these three verbs in the future, instead of the imperative.

for. Greek. eis. App-1.

Verse 11

Being enriched. Greek. piontizo. See 1 Corinthians 1:5,

bountifulness. Greek haplotes. Sec 2 Corinthians 1:12.

causeth = worketh, Greek. ketergazomai, as 2 Corinthians 4:17.

through. Greek. dia. App-104. 2 Corinthians 9:1.

Verse 12

administration. Same es "ministering", 2 Corinthians 9:1.

service. Greek. leitourgia. App-190.

not, Greek. to. App-106.

supplieth = fully supplies. Greek. prosanapleroo. Only here and 2 Corinthians 11:9.

by = through, as 2 Corinthians 9:11.

unto = to

Verse 13

experiment = proof. Greek. dokime. See 2 Corinthians 2:9.

ministration. Same as "ministering", 2 Corinthians 9:1.

for = upon. Greek. epi, App-101.

your professed subjection = the subjection of your confession, i. e, produced by your confession.

confession. Greek. homologia. Occurs elsewhere, 1 Timothy 6:12, 1 Timothy 6:13. Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 10:23,

subjection. Greek. hupotage, Occurs elsewhere Galatians 1:2, Galatians 1:5. 1 Timothy 2:11; 1 Timothy 3:4.

gospel. App-140.

Christ. App-98.

liberal distribution = the bountifulness (Greek. haplotos, as in 2 Corinthians 9:11) of your distribution.

distribution = fellowship. Greek. koinbnia,

Verse 14

prayer. Greek deesis. App-134.

for = on behalf of. Greek. huper. App-104.

for = because of. Greek. dia. App-104. 2 Corinthians 9:2.

exceeding, Greek. huperballo. See 2 Corinthians 3:10.

in = upon. Greek. epi. App-104.

Verse 15

Thanks. Greek. charis, as in 2 Corinthians 9:8.

unspeakable = that cannot be fully declared. Greek. anekdiegetos. Only here.

gift, Greek. dorea. See John 4:10. It cannot be that Paul had in his mind anything less than God"s supreme gift, the gift of His Son, of which he speaks in 2 Corinthians 8:9. He frequently breaks out into thanksgiving in the midst of his epistles. Compare Romans 9:5; Romans 11:33, Romans 11:36, 1 Corinthians 15:57. Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:5. Ephesians 3:20. 1 Timothy 1:17.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 9:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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