2 Corinthians 8:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 8:7, NIV: But since you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you --see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

2 Corinthians 8:7, ESV: But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

2 Corinthians 8:7, KJV: Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

2 Corinthians 8:7, NASB: But just as you excel in everything, in faith, speaking, knowledge, and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you also excel in this gracious work.

2 Corinthians 8:7, NLT: Since you excel in so many ways--in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us--I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.

2 Corinthians 8:7, CSB: Now as you excel in everything--in faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love for us--excel also in this act of grace.

What does 2 Corinthians 8:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is asking the Corinthians to follow through on a commitment they had previously made. They had agreed to gather funds to be given to suffering Christians in Jerusalem. Part of the purpose of this collection was for the Jewish believers in Jerusalem to see that the Greek believers around the world were ready and willing to support them in their time of need.

Paul is aware that since their initial commitment to be included along with the other Christian churches, his relationship with some in Corinth has become more complicated. There has been conflict, sin, rebuke, and repentance, but some issues remain unresolved for some in Corinth. Paul, though, has declared that he has complete confidence in the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 7:16).

He praises them for specific areas of excellence he sees among them: faith, speech, knowledge, and enthusiasm. They also excel, Paul adds, in his love for them. In other words, the Corinthians are doing so many things well that Paul hopes they will also show excellence in this act of giving graciously to meet the needs of others.