20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.

Other Translations of 2 Corinthians 8:20

King James Version

20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

English Standard Version

20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us,

The Message

20 taking every precaution against scandal.

New King James Version

20 avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us--

New Living Translation

20 We are traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:20

Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:16-24

(Read 2 Corinthians 8:16-24)

The apostle commends the brethren sent to collect their charity, that it might be known who they were, and how safely they might be trusted. It is the duty of all Christians to act prudently; to hinder, as far as we can, all unjust suspicions. It is needful, in the first place, to act uprightly in the sight of God, but things honest in the sight of men should also be attended to. A clear character, as well as a pure conscience, is requisite for usefulness. They brought glory to Christ as instruments, and had obtained honour from Christ to be counted faithful, and employed in his service. The good opinion others have of us, should be an argument with us to do well.