2 Corinthians 8:20
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English Standard Version
We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us,

King James Bible
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

American Standard Version
Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter of this bounty which is ministered by us:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us.

English Revised Version
Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter of this bounty which is ministered by us:

Webster's Bible Translation
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

Weymouth New Testament
For against one thing we are on our guard--I mean against blame being thrown upon us in respect to these large and liberal contributions which are under our charge.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Avoiding this (στελλόμενοι τοῦτο)

The verb, which occurs only here and 2 Thessalonians 3:6, means to arrange or provide for. As preparation involves a getting together of things, it passes into the meaning of collect, gather: then contract, as the furling of sails; so, to draw back, draw one's self away, as 2 Thessalonians 3:6. Connect with we have sent, 2 Corinthians 8:18. Compare 2 Corinthians 12:17, 2 Corinthians 12:18, where it appears that he had been charged with collecting money for his own purposes.

Abundance (ἁδρότητι)

Only here in the New Testament. Lit., thickness, and so, of the vigor or strength of the human body or of plants. Thus Hesiod speaks of the ears of corn nodding in their thickness. Herodotus: "When the harvest was ripe or full grown, (ἅδρος), he (Alyattes) marched his army into Milesia" (i. 17). Homer of Patroclus: "His soul departed, leaving behind his strength (ἁδροτῆτα," "Iliad," 16. 857). Herodotus uses it of thickly-falling snow (iv. 31). In the Septuagint it is used of the rich or great, 1 Kings 1:9, princes (A.V., men of Judah); 2 Kings 10:6, great men. The A.V. abundance is better than Rev. bounty, which, though properly implying abundance, is currently taken as synonymous with gift. The reference is to the large contribution.

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that.

2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory...

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Romans 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

1 Corinthians 16:3 And when I come, whomsoever you shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality to Jerusalem.

Ephesians 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Cross References
2 Kings 12:15
And they did not ask for an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to pay out to the workmen, for they dealt honestly.

2 Corinthians 8:19
And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will.

2 Corinthians 8:21
for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.

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