2 Corinthians 8:17

17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.

2 Corinthians 8:17 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
English Standard Version (ESV)
17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord.
New Living Translation (NLT)
17 Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you.
The Message Bible (MSG)
17 He was most considerate of how we felt, but his eagerness to go to you and help out with this relief offering is his own idea.
American Standard Version (ASV)
17 For he accepted indeed our exhortation; but being himself very earnest, he went forth unto you of his own accord.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
17 He accepted my request and eagerly went to visit you by his own free will.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
17 For he accepted our urging and, being very diligent, went out to you by his own choice.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
17 Titus welcomed our appeal. He is also excited about coming to you. It was his own idea.

2 Corinthians 8:17 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 8:17

For indeed, he accepted the exhortation
The Macedonians besought the apostle with much entreaty to give unto him, ( 2 Corinthians 8:4 2 Corinthians 8:6 ) or which being moved by their example, they gave unto him, namely, that he would go and finish what he had already begun; and accordingly he did not refuse, but readily accepted the exhortation: yea, not only so,

but being more forward;
than was known or could have been expected; which shows that this was put into his heart by God, before it was moved unto him; so that if he had never been asked, or exhorted hereunto, he would have gone of himself:

of his own accord he went unto you;
so great is his care of you; so great his love unto you so willing was he to come again and pay another visit: and especially on this account, where he had before been treated with so much respect and kindness. Titus having been at Corinth already, and being well known there, the apostle forbears saying anything more in his commendation.

2 Corinthians 8:17 In-Context

15 as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”
16 Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.
17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.
18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.
19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.

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