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2 Corinthians 8:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— beseeching us with much entreaty in regard of this grace and the fellowship in the ministering to the saints:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and [take upon us] the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Praying us with much entreaty, that we would receive the gift, and [take upon us] the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— begging of us with much entreaty [to give effect to] the grace and fellowship of the service which [was to be rendered] to the saints.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— With much exhortation, entreating of us the favour and the fellowship of the ministry which was for the saints;—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— with much entreaty calling on us to receive the favour and the fellowship of the ministration to the saints,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— With much entreaty begging of us the grace and communication of the ministry that is done toward the saints.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Praying vs with much entreatie, that we would receiue the gift, and take vpon vs the fellowship of the ministring to the Saints.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— they besought of us, with much supplication, that they might participate in the beneficence of the ministry for the saints.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— they besought us, with much entreaty, that they might participate in the beneficence of the ministration to the saints.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Praying 1189
{1189} Prime
δέομαι
deomai
{deh'-om-ahee}
Middle voice of G1210; to beg (as binding oneself), that is, petition.
z5740
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
us 2257
{2257} Prime
ἡμῶν
hemon
{hay-mone'}
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
with 3326
{3326} Prime
μετά
meta
{met-ah'}
A primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly denoting accompaniment; 'amid' (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive case association, or accusative case succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722, and less close than G4862).
much 4183
{4183} Prime
πολύς
polus
{pol-oos'}
Including the forms from the alternate 'pollos'; (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverb largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely.
intreaty 3874
{3874} Prime
παράκλησις
paraklesis
{par-ak'-lay-sis}
From G3870; imploration, hortation, solace.
that we 2248
{2248} Prime
ἡμᾶς
hemas
{hay-mas'}
Accusative plural of G1473; us.
would receive 1209
{1209} Prime
δέχομαι
dechomai
{dekh'-om-ahee}
Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive (in various applications, literally or figuratively).
z5664
<5664> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 37
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
gift, 5485
{5485} Prime
χάρις
charis
{khar'-ece}
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
[take upon us] the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
fellowship 2842
{2842} Prime
κοινωνία
koinonia
{koy-nohn-ee'-ah}
From G2844; partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction.
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
ministering 1248
{1248} Prime
διακονία
diakonia
{dee-ak-on-ee'-ah}
From G1249; attendance (as a servant, etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service (especially of the Christian teacher, or technically of the diaconate).
to 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
saints. 40
{0040} Prime
ἅγιος
hagios
{hag'-ee-os}
From ἅγος [[hagos]] (an awful thing) compare G0053, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:3-5.


2 Corinthians 8:4

_ _ that we would receive — omitted in the oldest manuscripts. Translate therefore, “Beseeching of us ... the grace and fellowship of (that is, to grant them the favor of sharing in) the ministering unto the saints.” The Macedonian contributions must have been from Philippi, because Philippi was the only church that contributed to Paul’s support (Philippians 4:10, Philippians 4:15, Philippians 4:16).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 8:4

Praying us with much entreaty — Probably St. Paul had lovingly admonished them not to do beyond their power.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 8:4

Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the (d) gift, and [take upon us] the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

(d) He calls that "gift" which other men would have called a burden. And this verse is to be explained by (2 Corinthians 8:6).

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that:

2 Corinthians 8:18-19 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise [is] in the gospel throughout all the churches; ... And not [that] only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and [declaration of] your ready mind:
Genesis 33:10-11 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. ... Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took [it].
2 Kings 5:15-16 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that [there is] no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. ... But he said, [As] the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take [it]; but he refused.
Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought [us], saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she constrained us.
1 Corinthians 16:3-4 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by [your] letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. ... And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

the ministering:

2 Corinthians 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
2 Corinthians 9:12-14 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; ... And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
Matthew 25:44-45 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? ... Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.
Mark 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! ... Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own [home].
Acts 6:1-7 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. ... And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 9:39-41 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. ... And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
Acts 24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
Romans 15:25-26 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. ... For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
1 Corinthians 16:3-4 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by [your] letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. ... And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
Galatians 2:10 Only [they would] that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
Philemon 1:5-6 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; ... That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren. ... My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
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