Re: 2 Corinthians 9:7 "God loves"?

From: Ben Crick (
Date: Mon Jun 23 1997 - 17:17:48 EDT

On Mon 23 Jun 97 (04:47:51), wrote:
> ilaron gar dothn agapa o qeoV
> cheerful for giver loves God

 The clause is an allusion to Proverbs 22:8 LXX:
 A cheerful and liberal man God blesses, etc

 Am I missing something here? Where does the accusative /QEON/ come from,
 and with a nominative definite article /hO/?

 IMHO this is a statement that God wants givers to be cheerful about it,
 not that God loves the man who is a "cheerful giver" but hates another
 who is a needy recipient. Jesus said "it is more blessed to give than
 to receive" (or at least, according to Luke's reporting of Paul he did;
 Acts 20:35).

 That is, it is better for you (you are "happier", MAKARION ESTIN MALLON)
 if you are in the situation of having money to give to others, rather than
 of having to receive money from others (DIDONAI H LAMBANEIN).

 Ben Crick, BA Bristol, 1963 (hons in Theology)
 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK)

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