2 Corinthians 8:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 8:24, NIV: Therefore show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our pride in you, so that the churches can see it.

2 Corinthians 8:24, ESV: So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.

2 Corinthians 8:24, KJV: Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

2 Corinthians 8:24, NASB: Therefore, openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.

2 Corinthians 8:24, NLT: So show them your love, and prove to all the churches that our boasting about you is justified.

2 Corinthians 8:24, CSB: Therefore, show them proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you.

What does 2 Corinthians 8:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul urges the Corinthians one last time to fully participate in making a generous donation to the suffering Christians in Jerusalem. In the previous verse, he mentioned that two men would be coming as representatives of other churches. Since they will be watching on behalf of those churches, Paul tells the Corinthians to prove that their own love is genuine, as well, by giving generously to meet the needs of others. In doing so, Paul says, they will validate his boasting about the Corinthians to these two men.

In other words, Paul expects the Corinthians to come through and make him proud of them before the other churches around the world. Is this a manipulation? No, Paul is speaking truth. The proof of love is found in the doing more than the saying. The Corinthians have an opportunity to prove their love and, by extension, their faithfulness to Christ by participating in helping others in need.