2 Corinthians 9:1

1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people.

2 Corinthians 9:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
ESV
1 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints,
NLT
1 I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem.
MSG
1 If I wrote any more on this relief offering for the poor Christians, I'd be repeating myself.
CSB
1 Now concerning the ministry to the saints, it is unnecessary for me to write to you.

2 Corinthians 9:1 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 9:1

For as touching the ministering to the saints
It looks at first sight as if the apostle was entering upon a new subject, though by what follows it appears to be the same; for by "ministering to the saints", he does not mean the ministry of the Gospel to them; nor that mutual assistance members of churches are to give each other; but either the fellowship of ministering to the saints, which the churches had entreated him, and his fellow ministers, to take upon them, namely, to take the charge of their collections, and distribute them to the poor saints at Jerusalem; or rather these collections themselves, and their liberality in them: with respect to which he says,

it is superfluous for me to write to you;
that is, he thought it unnecessary to say any more upon that head, because he had used so many arguments already to engage them in it, in the foregoing chapter; and because he had sent three brethren to them, who well understood the nature of this service, and were very capable of speaking to it, and of enforcing the reasonings already used; and more especially he judged it needless to dwell on this subject, for the reasons following.

2 Corinthians 9:1 In-Context

1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people.
2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.
3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be.
4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident.
5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
  • 2. S Acts 24:17
  • 3. S Acts 9:13; 2 Corinthians 8:4