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Commentary on The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

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8.1–9.15 : The offering for the poor

of the Jerusalem church (see Introduction to Rom.). Reconciliation assumed, Paul now turns to the collection.

1–5 :

Paul describes the generosity of the Macedonians (see Phil. 4.15–18 ) to spur the Corinthians on (contrast 9.2 ).

6 :

See vv. 16–17 n.

7 :

See 1 Cor. 12.8–10 .

9 :

Became poor: see Phil. 2.5–11 .

10–11 :

Finish, complete suggests that the dispute between Paul and the Corinthians interrupted the collection project.

14 :

Surplus: contrast v. 2 .

15 :

Exod. 16.18 .

16–17 :

Titus will precede Paul (see 9.4–5 n. ).

18–24 :

One of our company: lit. “the brother.” This unidentified missionary has been appointed (probably by Jerusalem) to help with the collection (this beneficent work). He and another colleague of v. 22 are called “apostles” (delegates) in v. 23 .

20 :

On the Corinthians' suspicions about Paul and money see 12.16–18; 11.7–10 n.

21 :

Prov. 3.4 (Sept.).

9.2 :

See 8.1–5 n.

4–5 :

Paul will come with representatives from Macedonia. From Corinth they will sail to Jerusalem (1 Cor. 16.3–4 ).

7 :

Prov. 22.8 (Sept.).

9 :

Ps. 112.9 .

15 :

Gift … beyond all praise: God's son (see Rom. 8.32 ).

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