2 Corinthians 8:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 8:18, NIV: And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.

2 Corinthians 8:18, ESV: With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.

2 Corinthians 8:18, KJV: And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

2 Corinthians 8:18, NASB: We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches;

2 Corinthians 8:18, NLT: We are also sending another brother with Titus. All the churches praise him as a preacher of the Good News.

2 Corinthians 8:18, CSB: We have sent with him the brother who is praised among all the churches for his gospel ministry.

What does 2 Corinthians 8:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Three men are headed to Corinth to collect contributions for suffering Christians in Jerusalem. These men are being sent with this very letter, written by Paul. Titus, who has recently returned from Corinth, will be coming of his own free will.

Paul describes the second member of the delegation as a man famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. It is not clear why Paul doesn't name the man, as he usually does when referring to other ministers of the gospel in his letters. His mention of "all the churches" may mean the churches in the Macedonian or another region, since the following verse says the man has been appointed by the churches to travel with the delegation to collect and distribute the funds for Jerusalem.