2 Corinthians 8:12

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations

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.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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 8:12

  • A person gives according to his means, and his gifts are not merely tolerable but especially acceptable to Jehovah God.

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