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2 COR. VIII. 9-19.

τώχευσε, πλούσιος ὤν· ἵνα ὑμεῖς τῇ ἐκείνου πτωχεία πλουτήσητε.

a For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, b that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

a See on John i. ver. 14. clause 4.

b See on John x. ver. 30.


c See on John xii. ver. 27. clause 4. d See on Matt. viii. ver. 20.

e If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? Luke xvi. 11. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see, Rev. iii. 18.

VER. 10.

Καὶ γνώμην ἐν τούτῳ δίδωμι· τοῦτο γὰρ ὑμῖν συμφέρει, οἵτινες οὐ μόνον τὸ ποιῆ σαι, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ θέλειν προενήρξασθε ἀπὸ πέρυσι


And herein 1 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.

• Or, willing.

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; and your zeal hath provoked very many, 2 Cor. ix. 2.


VER. 11.

Νυνὶ δὲ καὶ τὸ ποιῆσαι ἐπιτελέσατε· ὅπως καθάπερ ἡ προθυμία τοῦ θέλειν, οὕτω καὶ τὸ ἐπιτελέσαι ἐκ τοῦ ἔχειν·

Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.

VER. 12.

Εἰ γὰρ ἡ προθυμία πρόκειται, καθὸ ἐὰν ἔχῃ τις εὐπρόσδεκτος, οὐ καθὸ οὐκ ἔχει.

For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath


a See on Luke xxi. ver. 3.

VER. 13.

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Οὐ γὰς ἵνα ἄλλοις ἄνεσις, ὑμῖν δὲ θλίμις, ἀλλ ̓ ἐξ ἰσότητος, ἐν τῷ νῦν καιρῷ τὸ ὑμῶν περίσσευμα εἰς τὸ ἐκείνων ὑστέρημα·

For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened :

VER. 14.

Ἵνα καὶ τὸ ἐκείνων περίσσευμα γένηται εἰς τὸ ὑμῶν ὑστέρημα, ὅπως γένηται ἰσότης,

But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

VER. 15.

Καθὼς γέγραπται· Ὁ τὸ πολὺ, οὐκ ἐπλεόνασε· καὶ ὁ τὸ ὀλίγον, οὐκ ἠλατε τόνησε.

a As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

a And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack they gathered every man according to his eating, Exod. xvi. 18.

VER. 16.

Χάρις δὲ τῷ Θεῷ, τῷ διδόντι τὴν αὐτὴν σπουδὴν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ Τίτου,

But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.

VER. 17.

Οτι τὴν μὲν παράκλησιν ἐδέξατο σπου δαιότερος δὲ ὑπάρχων, αυθαίρετος ἐξῆλθε πρὸς ὑμᾶς.

a For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.

a See ver. 6.

VER. 18.

Συνεπέμψαμιν δὲ μετ ̓ αὐτοῦ τὸν ἀδελ φὸν, οὗ ὁ ἔπαινος ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ διὰ πασῶν τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν·

And we have sent with him the bro

ther, whose praise is in the Gospel
throughout all the churches;
VER. 19.

(Οὐ μόνον δὲ, ἀλλὰ καὶ χειροτονηθεὶς ὑπὸ τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν συνέκδημος ἡμῶν, σὺν

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Περὶ μὲν γὰρ τῆς διακονίας τῆς εἰς τοὺς ἁγίους περισσὸν μοί ἐστι τὸ γράφειν ὑμῖν· For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write

to you:

VER. 2.

Οἶδα γὰρ τὴν προθυμίαν ὑμῶν, ἣν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν καυχῶμαι Μακεδόσιν, ὅτι ̓Αχαΐα παρεσκεύασται ἀπὸ πέρυσι· καὶ ὁ ἐξ ὑμῶν ζῆλος ἠρέθισε, τοὺς πλείονας.

For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Aahaia was ready a year ago ; and your seul hath provoked very many.

VER. 3.

Επεμψα δὲ τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς, ἵνα μὴ τὸ καύχημα ἡμῶν τὸ ὑπὲς ὑμῶν κενωθῇ ἐν τῷ μέρει τούτῳ· ἵνα (καθὼς ἔλεγον) παρεσκευασμένοι ἦτε·

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2 COR VIII. 19-24.-IX. 1-5.

τῇ χάριτι ταύτῃ τῇ διακονουμένη ὑφ ̓ ἡμῶν πρὸς τὴν αὐτοῦ τοῦ Κυρίου δόξαν, καὶ προθυμίαν ὑμῶν.)

And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

* Or, gift.

VER. 20. Στελλόμενοι τοῦτο, μήτις ἡμᾶς μας μήσηται ἐν τῇ ἁδρότητι ταύτῃ τῇ δια κονουμένῃ ὑφ ̓ ἡμῶν·

Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance, which is administered by us:

VER. 21.

Προνοούμενοι καλὰ οὐ μόνον ἐνώπιον Κυρίου, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐνώπιον ἀνθρώπων.

3 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our

3 See on Rom. xii. ver. 17. clause 2. boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready.

VER. 22.

Συνεπέμψαμεν δὲ αὐτοῖς τὸν ἀδελφὸν ἡμῶν, ὃν ἐδοκιμάσαμεν ἐν πολλοῖς πολύ λάκις σπουδαῖον ὄντα, νυνὶ δὲ πολὺ σπουδαιότερον, πεποιθήσει πολλῇ τῇ εἰς ὑμᾶς.

And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence

which I have in you.

VER. 23.

Εἴτε ὑπὲρ Τίτου, κοινωνὸς ἐμὸς καὶ εἰς ὑμᾶς συνεργὸς· εἴτε ἀδελφοὶ ἡμῶν, ἀπόσε τολοι ἐκκλησιῶν, δόξα Χριστοῦ.

Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

VER. 24.

Τὴν οὖν ἔνδειξιν τῆς ἀγάπης ὑμῶν, καὶ ἡμῶν καυχήσεως ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν, εἰς αὐτοὺς ἐνδείξασθε, καὶ εἰς πεόσωπον τῶν ἐκκλησίων.

Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

VER. 4.

Μήπως, ἐὰν ἔλθωσι σὺν ἐμοὶ Μακεδόνες, καὶ εὕρωσιν ὑμᾶς ἀπαρασκευάστους, καταισχυνθῶμεν ἡμεῖς (ἵνα μὴ λέγωμεν ὑμεῖς) ἐν τῇ ὑποστάσει ταύτῃ τῆς καυ χήσεως.

Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.

VER. 5.

̓Αναγκαῖον οὖν ἡγησάμην παρακαλέσαι τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ἵνα προέλθωσιν εἰς ὑμᾶς, μένην εὐλογίαν ὑμῶν, ταύτην ἑτοίμην εἶναι καὶ προκαταρτίσωσι τὴν προκατηγγελοὕτως ὡς εὐλογίαν, καὶ μὴ ὥσπερ πλεονεξίαν.

Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

* Gr. blessing.

+ Or, which hath been so much spoken of before.

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2 COR. IX. 6-13,

VER. 6. Τοῦτο δὲ, ὁ σπείρων φειδομένως, φειδομένως καὶ θερίσει· καὶ ὁ σπείρων ἐπ ̓ εὐλο γίαις, ἐπ ̓ εὐλογίαις καὶ θερίσει.

But this I say, a He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

a See on Matt v. ver. 42. clause 1.

VER. 7.

Εκαστος καθὼς προαιρεῖται τῇ καρδια μὲ ἐκ λύπης, ἢ ἐξ ἀγάγκης· ἱλαρὸν γὰς δότὴν ἀγαπᾷ ὁ Θεός. Every man according as he purposethness and righteousness and truth,)

in his heart, so let him give; a not grudgingly, bor of necessity for God loveth a cheerful giver.


Use hospitality one to another without grudging, 1 Pet. iv. 9.

See on Matt. v. ver. 42. clause 1.

VER. 8.

Δυνατὸς δὲ ὁ Θεὸς πᾶσαν χάριν περιστ σεῦσαι εἰς ὑμᾶς· ἵνα ἐν παντὶ πάντοτε πᾶσαν αὐτάρκειαν ἔχοντες, περισσεύητε εἰς πᾶν ἔργον ἀγαθὸν

• And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, muy abound to every good work:


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sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and in crease b the fruits of your righteousness ;)

a The wicked worketh a deceitful work; but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward, Prov. xi. 18. Not because I desire a gift; but I desire fruit that may abound to your account, Phil. iv. 17.

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the LoRD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you, Hos. x. 12. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all good

3 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, Phil. iv. 19.

b See on 1 Cor. xv. ver. 58. clause 2.

VER. 9.

Καθὼς γέγραπται· Ἐσκόρπισεν, ἔδωκε τοῖς πένησιν· ἡ δικαιοσύνη αὐτοῦ μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

(* As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad ; he hath given to the poor : his righteousness remaineth for ever.

a He hath dispersed: he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever : his horn shall be exalted with honour, Psal. cxii. 9.

VER. 10.

Ο δὲ ἐπιχορηγῶν σπέρμα τῷ στείρωντι, καὶ ἄρτον εἰς βρῶσιν, χορηγήσαι καὶ πληθύναι τὸν σπόρον ὑμῶν, καὶ αὐξήσαι τὰ γεννήματα τῆς δικαιοσύνης ὑμῶν·

Eph. v. 9. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God, Phil. i. 11. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you, 1 Thess. iii. 12. For ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia : but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more, iv. 10.

VER. 11.

Ἐν παντὶ πλουτιζόμενοι εἰς πᾶσαν ἁπλότητα, ἥτις κατεργάζεται δι' ἡμῶν εὐχαριστίαν τῷ Θεῷ,

Being enriched in every thing to all * bountifulness, a which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

• Or, simplicity, Gr. simplicity.
a See on Rom. xv. ver. 30.

VER. 12.

Ὅτι ἡ διακονία τῆς λειτουργίας ταύτης οὐ μόνον ἐστὶ προσαναπληροῦσα τὰ ὑστε ρήματα τῶν ἁγίων, ἀλλὰ καὶ περισσεύουσα διὰ πολλῶν εὐχαριστιῶν τῷ Θεῷ,

For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

VER. 13.

Διὰ τῆς δοκιμῆς τῆς διακονίας ταύτης

δοξάζοντες τὸν Θεὸν ἐπὶ τῇ ὑποταγῇ τῆς ὁμολογίας ὑμῶν εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ ἁπλότητι τῆς κοινωνίας εἰς * Now he that ministereth seed to the ] αὐτοὺς καὶ εἰς πάντας,

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Whiles by the experiment of this mi- a What will ye? shall I come unto nistration a they glorify God for your you with a rod, or in love, and in the professed subjection unto the Gospel of spirit of meekness? 1 Cor. iv. 21. Christ, and for your liberal distribution bSee on Rom. viii. ver. 1. clause 2. unto them, and unto all men.

VER. 3. a See on Matt. v. ver. 16. clause 2.

'Εν σαρκί γάρ περιπατούντες, ου κατά VER. 14.

σάρκα στρατευόμεθα: Και αυτών δεήσει υπέρ υμών, επιπο- a For though we walk in the flesh, we θούντων υμάς διά την υπερβάλλουσαν | do not war after the flesh : χάριν του Θεού εφ' υμίν.

a See next verse. And by their prayer for you, which long after you for a the exceeding grace

VER. 4. of God in you.

(Τα γας όπλα της στρατείας ημών ου a Moreover, brethren, we do you to rapuixà, annà duratà tə em mpàs xewit of the grace of God bestowed baigesi oxuposuéter) on the churches of Macedonia, 1 Cor.

* (For the weapons of our warfare are viii. 1.

not carnal, b but mighty * through God VER. 15.

c to the pulling down of strong holds ;) Χάρις δε τω Θεώ επί τη ανεκδιηγήτων

* Or, to. αυτού δωρεά. a Thanks be unto God b for his un

a See on Rom. xüi.ver. 12. clause 3.

b See on Rom. i. ver. 16. clause 3. speakable gift.

See, I have this day set thee over a See on 1 Cor xy.ver. 57. clause 1.

the nations, and over the kingdoms, b See on John iii. ver. 16. clause 1.

to root out, and to pull down, and to

destroy, and to throw down, to build, CHAP. X.-VER. 1.

and to plant, Jer. i. 10. Αυτός δε εγώ Παύλος παρακαλώ υμάς δια της πραότητος και επιεικείας του Χρισ

VER. 5. του, ός κατά πρόσωπον μεν ταπεινός εν

Λογισμούς καθαιρούντες, και σαν ύψωυμίν, απών δε θαρρώ εις υμάς:

μα έπαιρόμενον κατά της γνώσεως του Now I Paul myself beseech you by | Θεού, και αιχμαλωτίζοντες πάν νόημα εις a the meekness and gentleness of Christ, την υπακοήν του Χριστού b who in

presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you :

a Casting down * imaginations, band

every high thing that exalteth itself Or, outward appearance.

against the knowledge of God, and a See on Matt. xi. ver. 29. clause 3. bringing into captivity every thought to b For his letters, say they, are

the obedience of Christ; weighty and powerful; but his bodily

• Or, reasonings. presence is weak, and his speech con. temptible, ver. 10. And I was with

a He hath shewed strength with his you in weakness, and in fear, and in

arm; he hath scattered the proud in much trembling, 1 Cor. ii. 3. the imagination of their hearts, Luke

i. 51. For it is written, I will deVER. 2.

stroy the wisdom of the wise, and Δέομαι δε το μη παρών θαρρήσαι τη will bring to nothing the understandπεποιθήσει η λογίζομαι τολμήσαι επί | ing of the prudent, 1 Cor. 1. 19. τινας τους λογιζομένους ημάς ως κατά The lofty looks of man shall be σάρκα περιπατούντας:

humbled, and the haughtiness of men

shall be bowed down; and the LORD a But I beseech you, that I may not alone shall be exalted in that day, be bold when I am present with that For the day of the Lord of hosts shall confidence, wherewith I think to be bold be upon every one that is proud and against some, which * think of us as if lofty, and upon every one that is lifted we b walked according to the flesh.

up, and he shall be brought low, Isa. • Or, reckon.

ii. 11, 12. And the loftiness of man

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shall be bowed down, and the baughtiness of men shall be made low; and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day, 17.



Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light, Matt. xi. 29, 30.

d And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him, Heb. v. 9. See also on Rom. i. ver. 3.

clause 5.

VER. 6.

Καὶ ἐν ἑτοίμῳ ἔχοντες ἐκδικῆσαι πᾶσαν παρακοὴν, ὅταν πληρωθῇ ὑμῶν ἡ ὑπακοή.

And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

VER. 7.

Τὰ κατὰ πρόσωπον βλέπετε; εἴ τις πέποιθεν ἑαυτῷ Χριστοῦ εἶναι, τοῦτο λο γιζέσθω πάλιν ἀφ' ἑαυτοῦ, ὅτι καθὼς αὐτὸς Χριστοῦ, οὕτω καὶ ἡμεῖς Χριστοῦ.

a Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

a See on John vii. ver. 24. b If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord, 1 Cor. xiv. 37.

VER. 8.

Εάν τε γὰρ καὶ περισσότερόν τι και χήσωμαι περὶ τῆς ἐξουσίας ἡμῶν, ἧς ἔδωκεν ὁ Κύριος ἡμῖν εἰς οἰκοδομὴν καὶ οὐκ εἰς καθαίρεσιν ὑμῶν, οὐκ αἰσχυνθήσομαι.

For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be


a See on Matt. xviii. ver. 18.

VER. 9.

VER. 10.

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Ὅτι αἱ μὲν ἐπιστολαί, φησὶ, βαρεῖαι καὶ ἰσχυραί· ἡ δὲ παρουσία τοῦ σώματος ἀσθενὴς, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἐξουθενημένος.

For his letters, * say they, are weighty and powerful; abut his bodily presence is weak, band his speech contemptible.

• Gr. saith he, or, saith one.

a See on ver. 1. clause 2.

b For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect, 1 Cor. i. 17.

VER. 11.

ἐσμεν τῷ λόγῳ δι ̓ ἐπιστολῶν ἀπόντες, Τοῦτο λογιζέσθω ὁ τοιοῦτος, ὅτι οἷοί τοιοῦτοι καὶ παρόντες τῷ ἔργῳ.

a Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

a I told you before, and foretel you, as if I were present, the second time ; and being absent now I write to them all other, that, if I come again, I will which heretofore have sinned, and to

not spare,

2 Cor. xiii. 2.

VER. 12.

Οὐ γὰρ τολμῶμεν ἐγκρῖναι ἡ συγκρῖναι ἑαυτούς τισι τῶν ἑαυτοὺς συνιστανόντων· ἀλλὰ αὐτοὶ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ἑαυτοὺς μετροῦντες, καὶ συγκρίνοντες ἑαυτοὺς ἑαυτοῖς, οὐ συν νιοῦσιν.

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: a but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, * are not wise.

* Or, understand it not.

a Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him, Prov. xxvi. 12.

VER. 13.

Ἡμεῖς δὲ οὐχὶ εἰς τὰ ἄμετρα καυχησόμεθα, ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τοῦ κανόνος

Ἵνα μὴ δόξω ὡς ἂν ἐκφοβεῖν ὑμᾶς διὰ οἱ ἐμέρισεν ἡμῖν ὁ Θεὸς μέτρου, ἐφικέσ

τῶν ἐπιστολῶν.

That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

θαι ἄχρι καὶ ὑμῶν.

a But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the

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