2 Cor. 8:8 KJV (With Strong’s)

ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
I speak
lego (Greek #3004)
properly, to "lay" forth, i.e. (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas 2036 and 5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while 4483 is properly to break silence merely, and 2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean
KJV usage: ask, bid, boast, call, describe, give out, name, put forth, say(-ing, on), shew, speak, tell, utter.
Pronounce: leg'-o
Origin: a primary verb
ou (Greek #3756)
the absolute negative (compare 3361) adverb; no or not
KJV usage: + long, nay, neither, never, no (X man), none, (can-)not, + nothing, + special, un(-worthy), when, + without, + yet but. See also 3364, 3372.
Pronounce: oo
Origin: οὐκ (ook), and (before an aspirate) οὐχ (ookh) a primary word
kata (Greek #2596)
(prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined)
KJV usage: about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) X alone, among, and, X apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to touching), X aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, (charita-)bly, concerning, + covered, (dai-)ly, down, every, (+ far more) exceeding, X more excellent, for, from ... to, godly, in(-asmuch, divers, every, -to, respect of), ... by, after the manner of, + by any means, beyond (out of) measure, X mightily, more, X natural, of (up-)on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so, through(-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-)to(-gether, -ward), X uttermost, where(-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution, or intensity.
Pronounce: kat-ah'
Origin: a primary particle
epitage (Greek #2003)
an injunction or decree; by implication, authoritativeness
KJV usage: authority, commandment.
Pronounce: ep-ee-tag-ay'
Origin: from 2004
p, but
alla (Greek #235)
properly, other things, i.e. (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations)
KJV usage: and, but (even), howbeit, indeed, nay, nevertheless, no, notwithstanding, save, therefore, yea, yet.
Pronounce: al-lah'
Origin: neuter plural of 243
by occasion
dia (Greek #1223)
through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional)
KJV usage: after, always, among, at, to avoid, because of (that), briefly, by, for (cause) ... fore, from, in, by occasion of, of, by reason of, for sake, that, thereby, therefore, X though, through(-out), to, wherefore, with (-in). In composition it retains the same general importance.
Pronounce: dee-ah'
Origin: a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act
of the forwardness
spoude (Greek #4710)
"speed", i.e. (by implication) despatch, eagerness, earnestness
KJV usage: business, (earnest) care(-fulness), diligence, forwardness, haste.
Pronounce: spoo-day'
Origin: from 4692
of others
heteros (Greek #2087)
(an-, the) other or different
KJV usage: altered, else, next (day), one, (an-)other, some, strange.
Pronounce: het'-er-os
Origin: of uncertain affinity
, and
kai (Greek #2532)
and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words
KJV usage: and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.
Pronounce: kahee
Origin: apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force
to prove
dokimazo (Greek #1381)
to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve
KJV usage: allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-)prove, try.
Pronounce: dok-im-ad'-zo
Origin: from 1384
the sincerity
gnesios (Greek #1103)
legitimate (of birth), i.e. genuine
KJV usage: own, sincerity, true.
Pronounce: gnay'-see-os
Origin: from the same as 1077
of your
humeteros (Greek #5212)
yours, i.e. pertaining to you
KJV usage: your (own).
Pronounce: hoo-met'-er-os
Origin: from 5210
agape (Greek #26)
love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast
KJV usage: (feast of) charity(-ably), dear, love.
Pronounce: ag-ah'-pay
Origin: from 25

Cross References


Ministry on This Verse

by occasion.
2 Cor. 8:24• 24Wherefore show ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf. (2 Cor. 8:24)
2 Cor. 6:6• 6By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, (2 Cor. 6:6)
Josh. 24:14• 14Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. (Josh. 24:14)
Ezek. 33:31• 31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. (Ezek. 33:31)
Rom. 12:9• 9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (Rom. 12:9)
Eph. 4:15• 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (Eph. 4:15)
Eph. 4•  (Eph. 4)
Eph. 6:24• 24Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. <<To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.>> (Eph. 6:24)
James 2:14‑16• 14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
(James 2:14‑16)
1 Peter 1:22• 22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: (1 Peter 1:22)
1 John 3:17‑19• 17But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
(1 John 3:17‑19)
 in thus exhorting them, he was not in any sense commanding them to give, but rather using the liberality of others to stir them up to act with the same grace, and so prove the sincerity of their love for the Lord's people. (2 Corinthians 8 by H. Smith)
 he is careful that it should not be by injunction but of grace. (article #681080)

J. N. Darby Translation

I do not speak as commanding it, but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love.

W. Kelly Translation

I speak not by way of commandment, but through the diligence of others proving the genuineness of your love also1.

WK Translation Notes

through... your: D E read διὰ τὴν etc., that is, on account of. Elzevir differs from Stephens in falsely reading ἠμετέρας "our," with a few cursives, instead of ὐμ. "your." (Notes on 2 Cor., p.157)