2 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

2 Corinthians 8:8

“I speake not by commandement, but by occasion of the forwardnesse of others, and to prooue the sinceritie of your loue.”

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Other Translations

I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
- King James Version

I am not speaking {this} as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I am not giving you an order, but using the ready mind of others as a test of the quality of your love.
- Basic English Bible

I do not speak as commanding [it], but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love.
- Darby Bible

I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
- Webster's Bible

I am not saying this by way of command, but to test by the standard of other men's earnestness the genuineness of your love also.
- Weymouth Bible

I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
- World English Bible

Y seie not as comaundinge, but bi the bisynesse of othere men appreuynge also the good wit of youre charite.
- Wycliffe Bible

not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 8:8


2Co 8:8 I speak not by commandment. He levies no tax by command. The giving must be free and cheerful in order to be blessed. He encourages them by occasion of the forwardness of others, the example of the Macedonian brethren, and by that of Christ.

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
  • 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)
  • Vicki
    I’d like to know what “we do you to wit” means. I know there’s supposed to be a built in dictionary but I can’t figure it out.

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