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2 Corinthians 9:8

    2 Corinthians 9:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And God is able to give you all grace in full measure; so that ever having enough of all things, you may be full of every good work:

    Webster's Revision

    And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work:

    World English Bible

    And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work:

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 9:8

    Grace - Kindness; favor.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 9:8

    God is able to make all grace abound - We have already seen, 2 Corinthians 8:1 that the word χαρις, in the connection in which the apostle uses it in these chapters, signifies a charitable gift; here it certainly has the same meaning: God is able to give you, in his mercy, abundance of temporal good; that, having a sufficiency, ye may abound in every good work. This refers to the sowing plenteously: those who do so shall reap plenteously - they shall have an abundance of God's blessings.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 9:8

    And God is able ... - Do not suppose that by giving liberally you will be impoverished and reduced to want. You should rather confide in God, who is able to furnish you abundantly with what is needful for the supply of your necessities. Few persons are ever reduced to poverty by liberality. Perhaps in the whole circle of his acquaintance it would be difficult for an individual to point out one who has been impoverished or made the poorer in this way. Our selfishness is generally a sufficient guard against this; but it is also to be added, that the divine blessing rests upon the liberal man, and that God keeps him from want. But in the meantime there are multitudes who are made poor by the lack of liberality. They are parsimonious in giving but they are extravagant in dress, and luxury, and in expenses for amusement or vice, and the consequence is poverty and want. "There is that withholdeth more than is meet, and it tendeth to poverty;" Proverbs 11:24. The divine blessing rests upon the liberal: and while every person should make a proper provision for his family, every one should give liberally, confiding in God that he will furnish the supplies for our future needs. Let this maxim be borne in mind, that no one is usually made the poorer by being liberal.

    All grace - All kinds of favor. He is able to impart to you those things which are needful for your welfare.

    That ye always ... - The sense is, "If you give liberally you are to expect that God will furnish you with the means, so that you will be able to abound more and more in it." You are to expect that he will abundantly qualify you for doing good in every way, and that he will furnish you with all that is needful for this. The man who gives, therefore, should have faith in God. He should expect that God will bless him in it; and the experience of the Christian world may be appealed to in proof that people are not made poor by liberality.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 9:8

    9:8 How remarkable are these words! Each is loaded with matter and increases all the way it goes. All grace - Every kind of blessing. That ye may abound to every good work - God gives us everything, that we may do good therewith, and so receive more blessings. All things in this life, even rewards, are, to the faithful, seeds in order to a future harvest. Prov 22:9