Prayers (2 Cor. 1:11)

“You also must help us

By your prayers,

So that many

Will give thanks

On our behalf

For the blessing

Granted us

In answer

To many numerous prayers.”

συνυπουργούντων καὶ ὑμῶν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν τῇ δεήσει, ἵνα ἐκ πολλῶν προσώπων τὸ εἰς ἡμᾶς χάρισμα διὰ πολλῶν εὐχαριστηθῇ ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν.

Paul said to the Corinthians that they must help them (συνυπουργούντων καὶ ὑμῶν) by their prayers or supplications (ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν τῇ δεήσει), so that many people (ἵνα ἐκ πολλῶν προσώπων) will give thanks on their behalf (εὐχαριστηθῇ ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν) for the blessings granted them (τὸ εἰς ἡμᾶς χάρισμα) in answer to many numerous prayers (διὰ πολλῶν).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word συνυπουργούντων, that means to help together or join in serving.  Paul wanted the Corinthians to join him in prayers and supplications.  Thus, many people would be able to give thanks for the blessings that they had received.  Their many prayers were answered.  If they prayed together, they could give thanks for the answers to their many prayers together also.  This was a hint at the communion of saints of all Christians.  Do you pray for other Christians?

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