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2 Corinthians 8:20

    2 Corinthians 8:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter of this bounty which is ministered by us:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And so that no man might be able to say anything against us in the business of this giving which has been put into our hands:

    Webster's Revision

    Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter of this bounty which is ministered by us:

    World English Bible

    We are avoiding this, that any man should blame us concerning this abundance which is administered by us.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter of this bounty which is ministered by us:

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:20

    Avoiding this, that no man should blame us - Taking this prudent caution to have witnesses of our conduct, and such as were chosen by the Churches themselves, that we might not be suspected of having either embezzled or misapplied their bounty, See the note on 1 Corinthians 16:4.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 8:20

    Avoiding this - That is, I intend to prevent any blame from being cast upon me in regard to the management of these funds. For this purpose Paul had refused to have the entire management of the funds (see 1 Corinthians 12:3-4), and had secured the appointment of one who had the entire confidence of all the churches.

    That no man should blame us - That no one should have any occasion to say that I had appropriated it to my own use or contrary to the will of the donors. Paul felt how dangerous it was for ministers to have much to do with money matters. He had a very deep impression of the necessity of keeping his own character free from suspicion on this subject. He knew how easy it might be for his enemies to raise the charge that he had embezzled the funds and appropriated them to his own use. He therefore insisted on having associated with him some one who had the entire confidence of the churches, and who should be appointed by them, and thus he was certain of being forever free from blame on the subject. A most important example for all ministers in regard to the pecuniary benefactions of the churches.

    In this abundance ... - In this large amount which is contributed by the churches and committed to our disposal. Large sums of money are in our time committed to the ministers of the gospel in the execution of the objects of Christian benevolence. Nothing can be more wise than the example of Paul here, that they should have associated with them others who have the entire confidence of the churches, that there may not be occasion for slander to move her poisonous tongue against the ministers of religion.