Still More On That “S” Word


Back, by popular demand (yeah, right).

I researched a short excerpt from Second Corinthians chapter nine — just a small part of Apostle Paul’s teaching on Stewardship (giving and generosity)  and included some links to StudyLight.org commentaries for your amusement.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.

The following links give a fair representation of the commentaries available on StudyLight.org. Some you may like. Some will seem rather stiff and technical, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable if you’re interested in what the Bible passage really says.

Adam Clarke’s Commentary
Barnes’ Notes
Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible
Coffman’s Commentaries on the Bible
Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Expository Notes with Pratical Observations on the New Testament
Heinrich Meyer’s Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Johann Albrecht Bengel’s Gnomon of the New Testament
John Gill’s Exposition on the Entire Bible
Justin Edwards’ Family Bible New Testament
Nisbet’s Church Pulpit Commentary
Robertson’s Word Pictures
The Pulpit Commentaries
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Vincent’s Word Studies

The above passage is directly related to the virtue of generosity, specifically to providing the poverty-stricken saints’ needs, and generally to aiding the poor of the community. As the general population discriminated against Christians, the church was anything but rich, and such giving came at the expense of their quality of life, with the poor giving to the poor.

Verse 10 uses natural seed sown and bread produced by the harvest to exemplify and promise God’s abundant provision for the Church’s material and spiritual needs. As gratitude for Jesus’ redeeming sacrifice fills all true Christ-followers, they naturally covet personal righteousness to match their imputed righteousness. Conversely, any who claim to be Christians, but fail to seek personal righteousness, are either self-deluded, or outright liars.

That’s my, rather opinionated, take on this short passage, but after reading those commentaries in their entirety, I think I’m exactly right (at the moment I’m watching for lightening to strike me for lying).

Your homework mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find out what commentary use can do for your Scriptural understanding, if you don’t already know. Some of them break down the Greek grammar to its understandable, least-common denominator, while others seem like Greek to me. I’ve provided the links so you can see how rich are the resources on StudyLight.org, and I’ve just scratched the surface.

Have fun!

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