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2 CORINTHIANS - Chapter 9

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2 Corinthians 9

Supplemental Commentary:

II.  THE COLLECTION FOR THE POOR CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM  8, 1 -- 9, 15 (continued)

9, 1-15:  The Collection.    4.  For having been so sure: more literally, "in this manner," i.e., according to the meaning of the Greek here, in the confidence or hope he had placed in the Corinthians.    9.  The Apostle confirms what he has just said by citing Ps. 111, 9.  The just man scatters his gifts as the sower his grain, and his justice remains, etc.: i.e., the remembrance of his good deeds will never be forgotten; his reward will await him hereafter.  This is the most probably meaning of justice here.    10.  The Greek of this verse runs as follows: "Now he that ministers seed to the sower and bread to eat, will also provide and multiply your seed," etc.  These words are a quotation from Isa. 55, 10.  What the prophet says of rain from heaven St. Paul applies to God's ordinary providence, which not only will enable a charitable man to give, but will also increase his temporal possessions, the fruits of his justice, i.e., the reward of his virtue.    11 f.  The recipients of the collection would render abundant thanks to God.  The value of the service the Apostles will render will be seen in such thankfulness as well as in its material benefits.    15.  Unspeakable gift: i.e., the gift of faith and charity spoken of in the preceding verse.


Confraternity Bible:

The Collection to be Made Properly  1 For it is indeed superfluous for me to write to you with reference to this charitable service to the saints.  2 For I know your eagerness, whereof I boast about you to the Macedonians---that Achaia has been ready since last year---and your zeal has stimulated very many.  3 Still, I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting concerning you should be found empty in this instance; that, as I was saying, you may be ready, 4 lest, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we---not to say yourselves---should be put to shame for having been so sure.  5 I have therefore thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you in advance and to get ready this promised contribution, so that it may be as a matter of bounty, not of extortion.

Exhortation to Generosity  6 Mark this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  7 Let each one give according as he has determined in his heart, not grudgingly or from compulsion, for "God loves a cheerful giver."  8 And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that always having ample means, you may abound in every good work, 9* as it is written,
"He has scattered abroad and has given to the poor, his justice remains forever."
10 Now he who provides the sower with seed will both give you bread to eat and will multiply your seed, and will increase the growth of the fruits of your justice; 11 that, being enriched in all things, you may contribute with simplicity of purpose, and thus through us evoke thanksgiving to God; 12 for the administration of this service not only supplies the want of the saints, but overflows also in much gratitude to the Lord.  13 The evidence furnished by this service makes them glorify God for your obedient profession of Christ's gospel and for the sincere generosity of your contributions to them and to all; 14 while they themselves, in their prayers for you, yearn for you, because of the excellent grace God has given you.  15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!
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9: Ps. 111, 9.