2 Corinthians 8:18

18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.

2 Corinthians 8:18 in Other Translations

18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
18 With him we are sendingthe brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.
18 We are also sending another brother with Titus. All the churches praise him as a preacher of the Good News.
18 We're sending a companion along with him, someone very popular in the churches for his preaching of the Message.
18 With him we have sent the brother who is praised throughout the churches for his gospel ministry.

2 Corinthians 8:18 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 8:18

And we have sent with him the brother
The Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "our brother"; and one of Stephens's copies, "your brother": who this brother was, is not certain; some think it was Luke the evangelist, the companion of the apostle in his travels:

whose praise is in the Gospel, throughout all the churches;
being known and highly commended by all the churches, for the Gospel he wrote; but it is not certain that Luke as yet had wrote his Gospel; and much less that it was so much known at present among the churches; and besides, this brother's praise seems to be on account of his preaching the Gospel, and not writing one: others think Barnabas is intended, who was chosen and sent out by the churches along with the apostle; but these in a short time separated from each other, nor do we read of their coming together again: others are of opinion, that Apollos is designed, who was a very eloquent preacher, and of whom the apostle had given the Corinthians an intimation in his former epistle, that he would come to them at a convenient time; but to him is objected, that he never was chosen of the churches, to travel with the apostle on such an account as here mentioned: others would have it that Silas or Silvanus is meant, who was a very constant companion of the apostle, and of whom he makes mention in most of his epistles; and others have made no doubt of it, but John Mark is here meant, who not only wrote a Gospel, but was an excellent preacher of it, and was chosen by the churches to go along with Paul and Barnabas; and though there was some distaste taken to him by Paul, he was afterwards reconciled to him, and for his profitableness in the ministry was greatly desired by him; but after all, it is difficult to determine who it was, nor is it of any great moment: a "brother" he was; being not only a regenerate person, but a preacher of the Gospel; a brother in the ministry, and "one whose praise was in the Gospel"; greatly admired, and much commended, for his excellent talent in preaching the Gospel; and for this he was famous "throughout all the churches"; a very great commendation indeed; but this is not all, it follows,

2 Corinthians 8:18 In-Context

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.
20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 12:18
  • 2. S 1 Corinthians 7:17
  • 3. S 2 Corinthians 2:12
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