8:7 But as you excel 1 in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you 2 – make sure that you excel 3 in this act of kindness 4 too. 8:8 I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. 5 8:9 For you know the grace 6 of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich.
1 tn Grk “as you abound.”
2 tc The reading “the love from us that is in you” is very difficult in this context, for Paul is here enumerating the Corinthians’ attributes: How is it possible for them to excel “in the love from us that is in you”? Most likely, because of this difficulty, several early scribes, as well as most later ones (א C D F G Ψ  Ï lat), altered the text to read “your love for us” (so NIV; Grk ἐξ ὑμῶν ἐν ἡμῖν ἀγάπῃ [ex Jumwn en Jhmin agaph]). The reading ἐξ ἡμῶν ἐν ὑμῖν ἀγάπῃ (ex Jhmwn en Jumin agaph) is found, however, in excellent and early witnesses (Ì46 B 0243 6 104 630 1175 1739 1881 co). As the harder reading it explains the rise of the other reading. What, then, is the force of “in the love from us that is in you”? Most likely, Paul is commending the Corinthians for excelling in deriving some inspiration from the apostles’ love for them.
3 tn Grk “you abound.”
4 tn Grk “this grace.”
5 tn Grk “by means of the eagerness of others.”
6 tn Or “generosity.”