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2 Corinthians 9:14

    2 Corinthians 9:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, long after you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    While their hearts go out to you in love and in prayer for you, because of the great grace of God which is in you.

    Webster's Revision

    while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, long after you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you.

    World English Bible

    while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, yearn for you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, long after you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you.

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 9:14

    Grace - Kindness; favor.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 9:14

    The exceeding grace of God in you - By the ὑπερβαλλουσαν χαριν, superabounding or transcending grace, of God, which was in them, the apostle most evidently means the merciful and charitable disposition which they had towards the suffering saints. The whole connection, indeed the whole chapter, proves this; and the apostle attributes this to its right source, the grace or goodness of God. They had the means of charity, but God had given these means; they had a feeling, and charitable heart, but God was the author of it. Their charity was superabundant, and God had furnished both the disposition, the occasion, and the means by which that disposition was to be made manifest.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 9:14

    And by their prayer for you - On the grammatical construction of this difficult verse, Doddridge and Bloomfield may be consulted. It is probably to be taken in connection with 2 Corinthians 9:12, and 2 Corinthians 9:13 is a parenthesis. Thus interpreted, the sense will be, "The administration of this service 2 Corinthians 9:12 will produce abundant thanks to God. It will also 2 Corinthians 9:14 produce another effect. It will tend to excite the prayers of the saints for you, and thus produce important benefits to yourselves. They will earnestly desire your welfare, they will anxiously pray to be united in Christian friendship with those who have been so signally endowed with the grace of God." The sentiment is, that charity should be shown to poor and afflicted Christians because it will lead them to pray for us and to desire our welfare. The prayers of the poorest Christian for us are worth more than all we usually bestow on them in charity; and he who has secured the pleadings of a child of God, however humble, in his behalf, has made a good use of his money.

    Which long after you - Who earnestly desire to see and know you. Who will sincerely desire your welfare, and who will thus be led to pray for you.

    For the exceeding grace of God in you - On account of the favor which God has shown to you: the strength and power of the Christian principle, manifesting itself in doing good to those whom you have never seen. The apostle supposes that the exercise of a charitable disposition is to be traced entirely to God. God is the author of all grace; he alone excites in us a disposition to do good to others.