New International Version
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.
King James Bible
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
Darby Bible Translation
I do not speak as commanding [it], but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love.
World English Bible
I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
Young's Literal Translation
not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I speak not by commandment - I do not positively order this; I assume no right or authority over your property; what you devote of your substance to charitable purposes must be your own work, and a free-will offering.
The forwardness of others - Viz. the Churches of Macedonia, which had already exerted themselves so very much in this good work. And the apostle here intimates that he takes this opportunity to apprise them of the zeal of the Macedonians, lest those at Corinth, who excelled in every other gift, should be outdone in this. Their own honor, if better motives were absent, would induce them to exert themselves, that they might not be outdone by others. And then, as they had professed great love for the apostle, and this was a service that lay near his heart, they would prove the sincerity of that professed love by a liberal contribution for the afflicted and destitute Jewish Christians.
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1 Corinthians 7:6
I say this as a concession, not as a command.
2 Corinthians 9:2
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.
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