2 Corinthians 8:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 8:10, NIV: And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

2 Corinthians 8:10, ESV: And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.

2 Corinthians 8:10, KJV: And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

2 Corinthians 8:10, NASB: I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.

2 Corinthians 8:10, NLT: Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it.

2 Corinthians 8:10, CSB: And in this matter I am giving advice because it is profitable for you, who began last year not only to do something but also to want to do it.

What does 2 Corinthians 8:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

These words are intended to make a point very clear: Paul is not commanding the believers in Corinth to follow through on their previous commitment. That agreement was to give funds as part of a collection, used to ease the suffering of Christians in Jerusalem. He wants them to give willingly, as a Christlike act of grace and love.

Now, though, he does give them his advice or judgment: This will benefit them. A year ago, they set out to give to this collection and they had sincerely desired to do so. To follow through on that commitment is the right thing to do, no matter what has happened between them and Paul since then.

As an encouragement, or possibly conviction, Paul has also noted how the Macedonian churches, though poverty-stricken, begged to be included in providing this aid (2 Corinthians 8:1–5).