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Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

2 Corinthians 8

Verse 1

do you to wit = make you to know. Greek. gnorizo. Compare 1 Corinthians 12:3 .

grace . App-184 .

God . App-98 .

on . Greek. en App-104 .

churches . App-186 .

Verse 2

in. Greek. en , as above.

trial . Greek. dokime . See Romans 5:4 .

affliction. Greek. thlipsis. See 2 Corinthians 8:14 .

deep poverty . Lit, poverty according to (Greek. kata . App-104 .) depth.

unto . Greek. eis. App-104 .

liberality . Greek. haplotes. The adjective haplous means single-minded, not self-seeking.

Verse 3

to = according to. Greek kata. App-104 .

power . Greek. dunamis . App-172 .

bear record = testify. Greek. martureo. See p. 1611.

beyond = above. Greek. huper. App-104 . The texts read para.

willing of themselves . Lit, self-chosen. Greek authairetos. Only here and 2 Corinthians 8:17 .

Verse 4

Praying = Asking. Greek. deomai. App-134 .

with . Greek. meta . App-104 .

intreaty = exhortation. Greek. paraklesis. See Acts 4:36 , and Acts 13:15 ,

that we would receive . The texts omit, and read, "asking of us the gift and fellowship".

gift = grace. As in 2 Corinthians 8:1

ministering = ministry. Greek. diakonia, App-190 .

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

saints . See Acts 9:13 .

Verse 5

not . Greek. ou . App-105 .

Lord. App-98 .

unto = to.

by = through. Greek. dia. App-104 . 2 Corinthians 8:1 .

will. Greek. thelema . App-102 .

Verse 6

Insomuch , &c. Literally Unto (Greek. eis) our exhorting (Greek. parakaleo. App-134 .)

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

begun = begun before. Greek. proenarchomai. Only here and 2 Corinthians 8:10 .

also finish = finish also.

finish . Greek. epiteled. App-125 .

in = unto. Greek. eis , as above.

the same = this.

Verse 7

Therefore = But, or Moreover.

faith. Greek. pistis. App-160 .

utterance = ward. Greek. logos . App-121 .,

knowledge . Greek. gnosis. App-132 .

diligence . Greek. spoude. See 2 Corinthians 7:11 .

your love to us . Literally the love from (Greek. ek) you in respect of (Greek. en) us.

love. Greek. agape. App-135 .

Verse 8

by. Greek. kata. App-104 .

commandment. Greek. epitage. See Romans 16:20 .

by occasion of . = through. Greek. dia , as in 2 Corinthians 8:5 .

forwardness . Same as "diligence" in 2 Corinthians 8:7 ,

others. Greek. heteros. App-124 .

sincerity = genuineness. Greek. gnesios. Occurs elsewhere, Philippians 1:4 , Philippians 1:3 . 2 Timothy 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:4 .

Verse 9

know . Greek. ginosko. App-132 .

Jesus Christ . App-98 .

for your sakes = on account of (Greek. dia. App-106 . 2 Corinthians 8:2 ) you.

became poor. Greek. ptocheuo. Only here. Compare App-127 .

Verse 10

herein = in (Greek. en) this.

advice = judgment. App-177 .

also , he, to be forward also.

be forward = will. Greek. theta. App-102 .

a year ago = from (Greek. apo . App-104 , iv) a year ago. Greek. perusi . Only here and 2 Corinthians 9:2 .

Verse 11

perform . Samaritan Pentateuch word as "finish", 2 Corinthians 8:6 .

doing = doing also.

readiness . Greek. prothumia. See Acts 17:11 .

will . Greek. thelo, as 2 Corinthians 8:10

performance = performing, as above.

out of . Greek. ek . App-104 .

Verse 12

if . App-118 .

be first = is set forth, or set before. Greek. prokeimai. Occ, elsewhere, Hebrews 6:18 ; Hebrews 6:12 , Hebrews 6:1 , Hebrews 6:2 .Jude 1:7 .

willing mind . Same as "readiness", 2 Corinthians 8:11 .

accepted . Greek. euprosdektos. See Romans 15:16 .

that = whatsoever.

Verse 13

other men be eased = there should be ease or rest (Greek. anesis. See Acts 24:23 ) to others (Greek. allos. App-124 .)

ye burdened = to you affliction, as in 2 Corinthians 8:2 .

Verse 14

by = out of. Greek. ek. App-104 .

equality . Greek. isotes. Only here and Colossians 4:1 .

now at this time = in (Greek. en) the present season.

for. Greek. eis. App-104 .

want. Greek. husteremia. See 1 Corinthians 16:17 .

be = become. In this verse there is an epanodos ( App-6 ).

Verse 15

is = has been.

had nothing over = did not ( App-106 ).

abound . Greek. pleonazo. See 2 Corinthians 4:15 .

had no lack = had not ( App-105 ) less (than enough). Greek. elattoneo . Only here. This is quoted almost word for word from the Septuagint Exodus 16:18 .

Verse 16

thanks. Greek. charis . App-164 .

earnest care . Same as "diligence", 2 Corinthians 8:7 .

into = in. Greek. en, App-104 ,

for. Greek. huper, App-104 .

Verse 17

exhortation . Same as "intreaty", 2 Corinthians 8:4 .

being . Greek. huparcho , See Luke 9:48 .

more forward = more diligent. Greek. comp. of spoudaios . Only here and 2 Corinthians 8:22 . Compare verses: 2 Corinthians 8:7-8 , 2 Corinthians 7:16 .

of his own accord . Greek. authairetos. See 2 Corinthians 8:3 .

unto . Greek. pros . App-104 .

Verse 18

sent . Greek. sumpempo . App-174 . Only here and 2 Corinthians 8:22 . gospel. App-140 .

throughout . Greek. dia . App-104 . 2 Corinthians 8:1 . The brother was probably Luke.

Verse 19

also chosen = chosen also.

chosen . Greek. cheirotoneo . See Acts 14:22 .

of = by. Greek. hupo . App-104 .

to travel with us = as our fellow traveller. Greek. sunekdemos . See Acts 19:29 .

with . Greek. sun . App-104 . The texts read en .

administered . Greek. diakoneo . App-190 .

by . Greek. hupo , as above.

to = with a view to. Greek. pros. App-104 . This depends on "chosen". The object of Paul's having a companion was to avert suspicions, which would tarnish the Lord's glory by bringing discredit on His servant, and also to remove Paul's reluctance. Compare 2 Corinthians 8:20 .

glory . See p. 1511.

same. The texts omit.

declaration of . Supply the ellipsis by "to show". your. All the texts read "our".

ready mind. Same as "readiness", 2 Corinthians 8:11 . Compare 2 Corinthians 8:1 ,

Verse 20

Avoiding. Greek. stellomai . Only here and 2 Thessalonians 3:6 .

that no man = lest (Greek. me) any one (Greek. tis . App-123 ,),

blame . Greek. momaomai See 2 Corinthians 6:3 .

abundance . Greek. hadrotes . Only here.

Verse 21

Providing for . The texts read "For we provide". Greek. pronoeo . See Romans 12:17 .

honest. See item. 2 Corinthians 12:17 .

Lord. App-98 .

also, &c. = in the sight of men also. This is a reply to the charge referred to in 2 Corinthians 12:17 .

men. App-123 .

Verse 22

diligent. Same as "forward", 2 Corinthians 8:17 .

upon = through. No preposition.

confidence. Greek. pepoithesis . App-150 .

I have . Supply the ellipsis by "he has". This was the reason of his diligence.

Verse 23

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

partner . Greek. koinonos . See 2 Corinthians 1:7 .

fellowhelper . Greek. eeeergos. See, 1 Corinthians 3:9 .

concerning = with reference to. Greek. eis . App-104 .

messengers , Greek. apostolos . App-189 . Here and in Philippians 1:2 , Philippians 1:25 used in the general sense.

Christ. App-98 .

Verse 24

shew. Greek. endeiknumi . See Romans 2:15 .

before . Literally unto (Greek. eis) the face of.

proof , or evidence. Greek. endeixis . See Romans 8:25 .

boasting . Greek. kauchesis . See Romans 3:27 .

on your behalf = on behalf of (Greek. huper , as above) you.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/2-corinthians-8.html. 1909-1922.