2 Corinthians 8:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 8:22, NIV: In addition, we are sending with them our brother who has often proved to us in many ways that he is zealous, and now even more so because of his great confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 8:22, ESV: And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 8:22, KJV: And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.

2 Corinthians 8:22, NASB: We have sent with them our brother, whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 8:22, NLT: We are also sending with them another of our brothers who has proven himself many times and has shown on many occasions how eager he is. He is now even more enthusiastic because of his great confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 8:22, CSB: We have also sent with them our brother. We have often tested him in many circumstances and found him to be diligent--and now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you.

What does 2 Corinthians 8:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Earlier verses mentioned two members of a delegation travelling to Corinth to collect funds for the suffering Christians in Jerusalem. Now Paul mentions one more. This man is also unnamed, though Paul fully endorses his character. He calls this third man "our brother" and says that he has often been tested, meaning that the man has proved his trustworthiness over time. He is a man who takes important things very seriously and is now even more earnest about this issue of collecting funds for Jerusalem. Paul adds that the man has great confidence in the Corinthians.

It is likely that this third man is also the representative of a church or group of churches, added to the team to ensure greater transparency and integrity in handling large amount of donated funds. From Paul's language, the Corinthians may already know and trust both the unnamed men who will probably be with them by the time they read this letter.