2 Corinthians 8:8

“I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I speake not by commandement, but by occasion of the forwardnesse of others, and to prooue the sinceritie of your loue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.

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