Not too much or too little (2 Cor. 8:15)

“As it is written.

‘The one who had much

Did not have too much.

The one who had little,

Did not have too little.’”

καθὼς γέγραπται Ὁ τὸ πολὺ οὐκ ἐπλεόνασεν, καὶ ὁ τὸ ὀλίγον οὐκ ἠλαττόνησεν.

Paul said that as it was written (καθὼς γέγραπται).  “The one who had much did not have too much (Ὁ τὸ πολὺ οὐκ ἐπλεόνασεν).  The one who had little, did not have too little (καὶ ὁ τὸ ὀλίγον οὐκ ἠλαττόνησεν).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐπλεόνασεν, that means to super abound, to abound, more than enough, or increase.  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἠλαττόνησεν that means to be less, or lack.  Paul cited Exodus, chapter 16:16-18, that Yahweh had told the Israelites to gather as much of the manna in the desert as each of them needed.  The Israelites did that.  Some gathered more, some less.  But when they measured it those who gathered much had nothing left over, and those who gathered little had no shortage.  They gathered as much as each of them needed.  Whether you gathered a lot or a little, there was no shortage or overage.  Paul used this Exodus quote about the manna in the wilderness to emphasize equality.  You should not have too much stuff or too little stuff.  You should have just enough.  Prosperity was a blessing to be shared with those who did not have enough.  Do you have too much stuff?

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