2 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

2 Corinthians 8:3

“For to their power (I beare record) yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselues:”

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For to [their] power, I bear record, yea, and beyond [their] power [they were] willing of themselves;
- King James Version

For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, {they gave} of their own accord,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For according to their power, I bear witness, yea and beyond their power, `they gave' of their own accord,
- American Standard Version (1901)

For I give them witness, that as they were able, and even more than they were able, they gave from the impulse of their hearts,
- Basic English Bible

For according to [their] power, I bear witness, and beyond [their] power, [they were] willing of their own accord,
- Darby Bible

For to their power, I bear testimony, and even beyond their power, they were willing of themselves;
- Webster's Bible

For I can testify that to the utmost of their power, and even beyond their power, they have of their own free will given help.
- Weymouth Bible

For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,
- World English Bible

For Y bere witnessyng to hem, aftir miyt and aboue miyt thei weren wilful,
- Wycliffe Bible

because, according to [their] power, I testify, and above [their] power, they were willing of themselves,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 8:3


2Co 8:3 For to [their] power . . . and beyond [their] power. It was not the greatness of their contribution, but the fact that they gave not only up to, but even beyond their ability, which made their liberality so rich. The widow who gave her mite did more than the rich men who cast in out of their abundance. Compare Mr 12:41-44 Lu 21:1-4. [They were] willing of themselves. Required no urging.

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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