2 Corinthians 8:12
New International Version
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

New Living Translation
Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.

English Standard Version
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

Berean Study Bible
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

Berean Literal Bible
For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable as if he might have, not as he does not have.

King James Bible
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

New King James Version
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

New American Standard Bible
For if the willingness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

NASB 1995
For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

NASB 1977
For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have.

Amplified Bible
For if the eagerness [to give] is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

Christian Standard Bible
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

American Standard Version
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as a man hath, not according as he hath not.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if there is a willingness, so it is accepted according to what one has; it is not according to what one does not have.

Contemporary English Version
It doesn't matter how much you have. What matters is how much you are willing to give from what you have.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if the will be forward, it is accepted according to that which a man hath, not according to that which he hath not.

English Revised Version
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as a man hath, not according as he hath not.

Good News Translation
If you are eager to give, God will accept your gift on the basis of what you have to give, not on what you don't have.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
with whatever contributions you have. Since you are willing to do this, [remember] that people are accepted if they give what they are able to give. God doesn't ask for what they don't have.

International Standard Version
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you do not have.

Literal Standard Version
for if the willing mind is present, it is well-accepted according to that which anyone may have, not according to that which he does not have;

NET Bible
For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have.

New Heart English Bible
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you do not have.

Weymouth New Testament
For, assuming the earnest willingness, the gift is acceptable according to whatever a man has, and not according to what he has not.

World English Bible
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don't have.

Young's Literal Translation
for if the willing mind is present, according to that which any one may have it is well-accepted, not according to that which he hath not;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Christ's Example
11Now finish the work, so that you may complete it just as eagerly as you began, according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 13It is not our intention that others may be relieved while you are burdened, but that there may be equality.…

Cross References
Exodus 25:2
"Tell the Israelites to bring Me an offering. You are to receive My offering from every man whose heart compels him.

Mark 12:43
Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more than all the others into the treasury.

Luke 21:3
"Truly I tell you," He said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others.

Luke 21:4
For they all contributed out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on."

2 Corinthians 8:11
Now finish the work, so that you may complete it just as eagerly as you began, according to your means.

2 Corinthians 8:13
It is not our intention that others may be relieved while you are burdened, but that there may be equality.

2 Corinthians 8:19
More than that, this brother was chosen by the churches to accompany us with the offering--the gracious gift we administer to honor the Lord Himself and to show our eagerness to help.

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver.


Treasury of Scripture

For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

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2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Exodus 25:2
Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

Exodus 35:5,21,22,29
Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass, …









(12) For if there be first a willing mind.--This grows "out of that which ye have" in the previous verse. He is expecting a sum large relatively, and not absolutely. The history of the widow's mite, found in the Gospel of his friend St. Luke (Luke 21:1-4), was probably not unknown to him as belonging to "the words of the Lord Jesus" which he freely cites (Acts 20:35). He has, at all events, imbibed the spirit of its teaching from other like words.

Verse 12. - For if there be first a willing mind, etc. "For if the readiness is forth- coming, it is acceptable," etc. In other words, God considers not quantum, but ex quanto; not the magnitude of the gift, but the proportion which it bears to the means of the giver.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

eagerness
προθυμία (prothymia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4288: Inclination, readiness, eagerness, willingness, promptness. From prothumos; predisposition, i.e. Alacrity.

is there,
πρόκειται (prokeitai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4295: From pro and keimai; to lie before the view, i.e. to be present, to stand forth.

[the gift] is acceptable
εὐπρόσδεκτος (euprosdektos)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2144: From eu and a derivative of prosdechomai; well-received, i.e. Approved, favorable.

according to
καθὸ (katho)
Adverb
Strong's 2526: From kata and hos; according to which thing, i.e. Precisely as, in proportion as.

what
ἐὰν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

one has,
ἔχῃ (echē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

according to
καθὸ (katho)
Adverb
Strong's 2526: From kata and hos; according to which thing, i.e. Precisely as, in proportion as.

[what] he does not have.
ἔχει (echei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.


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