Do what is right (2 Cor. 8:21)

“We intend

To do

What is right

Not only in the Lord’s sight

But also,

In the sight of men.”

προνοοῦμεν γὰρ καλὰ οὐ μόνον ἐνώπιον Κυρίου ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐνώπιον ἀνθρώπων.

Paul said that we intend (προνοοῦμεν) to do what is right (γὰρ καλὰ) not only in the Lord’s sight (καλὰ οὐ μόνον ἐνώπιον Κυρίου) but also in the sight of men (ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐνώπιον ἀνθρώπων).  Only the Pauline letters used this word (προνοοῦμεν) that means to foresee, take thought for beforehand, provide for, or practice.  Paul was carefully trying to do what was right or honorable, not only before the Lord, but also before other humans.  Paul was cautiously not trying to offend anyone by appearing to be greedy.  There were all kinds of constraints put on this collection so that it would be done right.  Are you careful with the handling of church funds?

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