2 Corinthians 8:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 8:15, NIV: as it is written: 'The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.'

2 Corinthians 8:15, ESV: As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

2 Corinthians 8:15, KJV: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

2 Corinthians 8:15, NASB: as it is written: 'THE ONE WHO had gathered much did not have too much, AND THE ONE WHO had gathered little did not have too little.'

2 Corinthians 8:15, NLT: As the Scriptures say, 'Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.'

2 Corinthians 8:15, CSB: As it is written: The person who had much did not have too much, and the person who had little did not have too little.

What does 2 Corinthians 8:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul quotes from Exodus 16:18 to illustrate that his insistence on the biblical principle of financial fairness among Christians was not a new idea. The verse in Exodus describes how the people of Israel were to gather the manna God miraculously gave to them from heaven for their daily food. Each person would take up as much as he or she needed. In the end, no matter how much was gathered, nobody had more or less than was needed to live on.

Paul is teaching that the Christian community should work the same way. Since the Corinthian believers were experiencing relative abundance compared to the Jerusalem believers, it was right that they should share some of what they had to make things more fairly distributed in the family of Christ.