Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit - In all our dignified version very few ill-constructed sentences can be found; however here is one, and the worst in the book. We do you to wit is in the original ̔ , we make known unto you. This is plain and intelligible, the other is not so; and the form is now obsolete.
The grace of God bestowed - Dr. Whitby has made it fully evident that the signifies the charitable contribution made by the Churches in Macedonia, to which they were excited by the grace or influence of God upon their hearts; and that cannot signify bestowed on, but given in. That means liberality, appears from II Corinthians 8:6 : We desired Titus that as he had begun, so he would finish , this charitable contribution. And II Corinthians 8:7 : That ye abound ͅ ͅ , in this liberal contribution. And II Corinthians 8:19 : Who was chosen of the Church to travel with us ͅ ͅ , with this charitable contribution, which is administered - which is to be dispensed, by us. So II Corinthians 9:8 : God is able to make , all liberality, to abound towards you. And I Corinthians 16:3 : To bring , your liberality, to the poor saints. Hence , is by Hesychius and Phavorinus interpreted a gift, as it is here by the apostle: Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift, II Corinthians 9:15. This charity is styled the grace of God, either from its exceeding greatness, (as the cedars of God and mountains of God signify great cedars and great mountains, Psalms 36:6; Psalms 80:10); or rather, it is called so as proceeding from God, who is the dispenser of all good, and the giver of this disposition; for the motive of charity must come from him. So, in other places, the zeal of God, Romans 10:2; the love of God, II Corinthians 5:14; the grace of God, Titus 2:11.
The Churches of Macedonia - These were Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, etc.
Other Adam Clarke entries containing 2 Corinthians 8:1:
2 Corinthians 8:6
2 Corinthians 8:19
2 Corinthians 9:8
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