2 Corinthians 9:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 9:2, NIV: "For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action."

2 Corinthians 9:2, ESV: "for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them."

2 Corinthians 9:2, KJV: "For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many."

2 Corinthians 9:2, NASB: "for I know your willingness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them."

2 Corinthians 9:2, NLT: "For I know how eager you are to help, and I have been boasting to the churches in Macedonia that you in Greece were ready to send an offering a year ago. In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers to begin giving."

2 Corinthians 9:2, CSB: "For I know your eagerness, and I boast about you to the Macedonians: "Achaia has been ready since last year," and your zeal has stirred up most of them."

What does 2 Corinthians 9:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Paul noted that he should not need to write anything to the Corinthians about the ministry of a collection for the suffering Jerusalem Christians. Now he says why: He knows—he has confidence—that the Corinthians are ready to give. Paul knows this because he wrote to them in 1 Corinthians about exactly how to prepare for the collection (1 Corinthians 16:1–4). The Corinthians were initially very enthusiastic about participating in the collection.

That's why Paul has been boasting about them to the churches in Macedonia. That includes those in the towns of Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. He told those churches that the Corinthians were eager to participate in this gift, and most of those other churches were "stirred up" by the Corinthians' example.

The difference now, though, is that those other churches have already followed through. They have made their contributions while the Corinthians have not yet done so. Paul is ready to see them complete what they were so ready to do a year earlier.