2 Corinthians 8:19

And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and a testimony of your eagerness:
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John Chrysostom

AD 407
And not only so. What is, and not only so? 'Not only on this account,' he says, 'is respect due to him, that he is approved as a preacher and is praised by all.' But he was also appointed by the churches along with us. Whence it seems to me, that Barnabas is the person intimated. And he signifies his dignity to be great, for he shows also for what office he was appointed. For he says, To travel with us in the matter of this grace which is ministered by us. Do you see how great are these praises of him? He shone as a preacher of the Gospel and had all the churches testifying to this. He was chosen by us; and unto the same office with Paul, and everywhere was partner with him, both in his trials and in his dangers, for this is implied in the word travel. But what is, with this grace which is ministered by us? So as to proclaim the word, he means, and to preach the Gospel; or to minister also in respect of the money; yea rather, he seems to me to refer to both of these. Then he adds, To the glory of the same Lord, and to show your readiness. What he means is this: 'We thought good,' he says, 'that he should be chosen with us and be appointed unto this work, so as to become a dispenser and a minister of the sacred money.' Nor was this a little matter. For, Look ye out, it says, from among you seven men of good report; Acts 6:3 and he was chosen by the churches, and there was a vote of the whole people taken. What is, to the glory of the same Lord, and your readiness? 'That both God may be glorified and you may become the readier, they who are to receive this money being of proved character, and no one able to engender any false suspicion against them. Therefore we sought out such persons, and entrusted not the whole to one person only, that he might escape this suspicion also; but we sent both Titus and another with him. Then to interpret this same expression, to the glory of the Lord and your ready mind:
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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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