2 Corinthians 8:4

4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.

2 Corinthians 8:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
ESV
4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints--
NLT
4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.
MSG
4 pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians.
CSB
4 they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints,

2 Corinthians 8:4 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 8:4

Praying us with much entreaty
They not only gave freely, being unasked by the apostles; but they sought to them, and earnestly entreated them,

that they would receive the gift;
the beneficence, what they had so freely and generously collected: and

the fellowship of the ministering to the saints;
what they had communicated for the service of the poor saints at Jerusalem, in which they testified their having and holding fellowship with the churches of Christ; and that they would receive it at their hands, and take it upon them, and carry it to Jerusalem, and distribute to the poor saints there, as should seem to them most proper and convenient; which they accordingly agreed to; see ( Romans 15:25 Romans 15:26 ) .

2 Corinthians 8:4 In-Context

2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.
5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 1
  • 2. S Acts 24:17
  • 3. S Acts 9:13; Romans 15:25; 2 Corinthians 9:1