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Bible Commentaries

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 ; 2Pe 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". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/2-corinthians-9.html. 1909-1922.