2 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

2 Corinthians 8:5

“And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gaue their owne selues to the Lord, and vnto vs, by the will of God.”

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Other Translations

And [this they did], not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
- King James Version

and {this,} not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and `this', not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And going even farther than our hope, they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us after the purpose of God.
- Basic English Bible

And not according as we hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and to us by God's will.
- Darby Bible

And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God:
- Webster's Bible

They not only did this, as we had expected, but first of all in obedience to God's will they gave their own selves to the Lord and to us.
- Weymouth Bible

This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
- World English Bible

And not as we hopiden, but thei yauen hem silf first to the Lord, aftirward to vs bi the wille of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and not according as we expected, but themselves they did give first to the Lord, and to us, through the will of God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 8:5


8:5 And not as we hoped - That is, beyond all we could hope. They gave themselves to us, by the will of God - In obedience to his will, to be wholly directed by us.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 8:5


2Co 8:5 And [this they did], not as we had hoped. The thought is that they exceeded our hope. They consecrated themselves, and hence, held that all they had was the Lord's. When church members give their own selves to the Lord, there will be no complaint that their money is withheld.

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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