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2 Corinthians 9:9

    2 Corinthians 9:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    (As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: his righteousness remains for ever.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    as it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; His righteousness abideth for ever.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    As it is said in the Writings, He has sent out far and wide, he has given to the poor; his righteousness is for ever.

    Webster's Revision

    as it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; His righteousness abideth for ever.

    World English Bible

    As it is written, "He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor. His righteousness remains forever."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    as it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; His righteousness abideth for ever.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 9:9

    He hath dispersed abroad - Here is still the allusion to the sower. He sows much; not at home merely, or among those with whom he is acquainted, but abroad - among the strangers, whether of his own or of another nation. The quotation is taken from Psalm 112:9.

    He hath given to the poor - This is the interpretation of he hath scattered abroad; and therefore it is said, his righteousness remaineth for ever - his good work is had in remembrance before God. By righteousness we have already seen that the Jews understand almsgiving. See the note on Matthew 6:1.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 9:9

    As it is written - Psalm 112:9. The idea is, "in this way will the saying in the Scriptures be verified, or the promise confirmed." The psalmist is describing the character of the righteous man. One of his characteristics, he says, is, that he has scattered abroad, he has given liberally to the poor. On such a man a blessing is pronounced Psalm 112:1; and one of the blessings will be that he shall be prospered. Some difficulty has been felt by commentators to see how the quotation here made sustains the position of Paul that the liberal man would be blessed of God, and would receive an increase according to his liberality. In order to this, they have supposed (see Doddridge, Bloomfield, and Clarke) that the word "righteousness" means the same as almsgiving, or that "he would always have something to bestow." But I would suggest that perhaps Paul quoted this, as quotations are frequently made in the Scriptures, where a passage was familiar. He quotes only a part of the passage, meaning that the whole passage confirms the point under consideration. Thus, the whole passage in the psalm is, "He hath dispersed; he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor;" that is, he shall be abundantly blessed with prosperity and with the favor of God. Thus, the entire promise sustains the position of Paul, that the liberal man would be abundantly blessed. The phrase "he hath dispersed" Ἐσκόρπισεν Eskorpisen, may refer either to the act of sowing, as a man scatters seed on the earth; or there may be an allusion to the oriental custom of scattering money among an assembled company of paupers; compare Proverbs 11:24.

    His righteousness - His deeds of beneficence.

    Remaineth - In its fruits and consequences; that is, either in its effects on others, or on himself. It may mean that the sums so distributed will remain with him forever inasmuch as he will be supplied with all that is needful to enable him to do good to others. This interpretation accords with the connection.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 9:9

    9:9 He hath scattered abroad - (A generous word.) With a full hand, without any anxious thought which way each grain falls. His righteousness - His beneficence, with the blessed effects of it. Remaineth for ever - Unexhausted, God still renewing his store. Psalm 112:9