2 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

2 Corinthians 8:12

“For if there bee first a willing minde, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”

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Other Translations

For if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not.
- King James Version

For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what {a person} has, not according to what he does not have.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if the readiness is there, `it is' acceptable according as `a man' hath, not according as `he' hath not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if there is a ready mind, a man will have God's approval in the measure of what he has, and not of what he has not.
- Basic English Bible

For if the readiness be there, [a man is] accepted according to what he may have, not according to what he has not.
- Darby Bible

For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what a man hath, and not according to what he hath not.
- Webster's Bible

For, assuming the earnest willingness, the gift is acceptable according to whatever a man has, and not according to what he has not.
- Weymouth Bible

For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have.
- World English Bible

For if the wille be redi, it is acceptid aftir that that it hath, not aftir that that it hath not.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if the willing mind is present, according to that which any one may have it is well-accepted, not according to that which he hath not;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 8:12


8:12 A man - Every believer. Is accepted - With God. According to what he hath - And the same rule holds universally. Whoever acknowledges himself to be a vile, guilty sinner, and, in consequence of this acknowledgment, flies for refuge to the wounds of a crucified Saviour, and relies on his merits alone for salvation, may in every circumstance of life apply this indulgent declaration to himself.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 8:12


2Co 8:12 For if there is first a willing mind. The willing mind had been shown in the readiness "to will". The willing mind is essential to the acceptance of the gift. If there be this pre-requisite, then God accepts the gift and measures it according to a man's means.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 8

  • Brianna vs. 4-11
    While many religions focus on an external ministry, Paul reminded us of the need of an internal ministry. This can be a caring of those taking the lead among us, but also our fellow brothers and sisters. ( Vs. 6) We are not asked to give beyond our means, but to whatever we can reasonably give. So, continue the generous spirit, but never be pressured to give beyond what you can.
  • Ivy Johnson
    Appeal made for the poor and needy Saints in Jerusalem: Paul encourages people at Corinth give liberally. Corinthians Christians abounded in many things: other graces: had example of Christ’s giving, encouraging give unselfishly: Macedonian churches been generous:Titus to Corinth: collection. Paul recommends him and his companions: God will bless them for giving: and it will give glory to God!
  • Hazel Carty
    Thank you Lord,I love you for I know that your Grace is sufficient for me
  • Steve morrow
    2CORINTHIANS8:7therefore as you abound in everything in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all diligence and in your love to us see that you abound in thisgrace also8:13for I mean not that other men be eased and you burdened8:14but by an equality that now at this timeyour abundance may be a supply for their want that their abundancealso may be a supply for your want that theremay be equality
  • Ann
    Vicki, another meaning would be: we do you to wit (to know) of the grace of God. Amen
  • A disciple
    Wit means know or knowledge; like in the saying, At my wits end. A more clear translation would read: "But, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God..." (Wycliffe Bible)

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