Abundance and need (2 Cor. 8:14)

“But it is a matter

Of equality.

Your abundance

At the present time

Supplies their need.


Their abundance

Might help you in

Your need.


There might be equality.”

ἀλλ’ ἐξ ἰσότητος ἐν τῷ νῦν καιρῷ τὸ ὑμῶν περίσσευμα εἰς τὸ ἐκείνων ὑστέρημα, ἵνα καὶ τὸ ἐκείνων περίσσευμα γένηται εἰς τὸ ὑμῶν ὑστέρημα, ὅπως γένηται ἰσότης,

Paul said that it was a matter of equality (ἀλλ’ ἐξ ἰσότητος).  Their abundance (τὸ ὑμῶν περίσσευμα) at the present time (ἐν τῷ νῦν καιρῷ) would supply the need (εἰς τὸ ἐκείνων ὑστέρημα) of the Jerusalem Christians, whose future abundance (ἵνα καὶ τὸ ἐκείνων περίσσευμα) might supply the Corinthian needs (γένηται εἰς τὸ ὑμῶν ὑστέρημα).  Thus, there might be equality (ὅπως γένηται ἰσότης).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἰσότητος and ἰσότης, that mean equality, equality of treatment, or fairness.  Paul explained that now the Jerusalem Christians were in need, while the Corinthians Christians had a surplus of goods.  Maybe in the future, it might be the reverse.  Paul wanted equal treatment for all.  He did not want to overburden the Corinthians, but maybe someday in the future they might be in need in Corinth.  Right now, their abundance should be sent to Jerusalem.  Do you understand the difference between need and equality?

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