Desire to finish the task (2 Cor. 8:10)

“In this matter

I am giving my advice.

It is appropriate

For you

Who began last year

Not only to do something,

But even desire to do something.”

καὶ γνώμην ἐν τούτῳ δίδωμι· τοῦτο γὰρ ὑμῖν συμφέρει, οἵτινες οὐ μόνον τὸ ποιῆσαι ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ θέλειν προενήρξασθε ἀπὸ πέρυσι·

Paul said that in this matter, I am giving my advice (καὶ γνώμην ἐν τούτῳ δίδωμι).  It is appropriate for you (τοῦτο γὰρ ὑμῖν συμφέρει), who began last year (προενήρξασθε ἀπὸ πέρυσι), not only to do something (οἵτινες οὐ μόνον τὸ ποιῆσαι), but even desire to do something (ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ θέλειν).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word προενήρξασθε, that means to begin before, and the word πέρυσι, that means last year or a year ago.  Next Paul turned to the collection for the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem.  Paul was giving his opinion.  A year ago, they started to take up this collection.  Paul wanted them to finish it.  However, he insisted that they want to do it or desire to do it.  He was not forcing this on them.  Paul wanted them to finish their collection efforts.  Have you started things that you never finished?

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