2 Corinthians 8


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But we make known to you, brethren, the favor of God, the one having been given in the assemblies of Macedonia; that in much proof of affliction, the abundance of their joy, and the [2according to 1depth] their poorness, abounded to the riches of their simplicity. For according to their power, I witness, and above their power their enthusiasm, with much consolation beseeching of us the favor and the fellowship of the service, of the one for the holy ones, for us to receive it. And not only as we hoped, but of themselves they gave first to the Lord, and to us through the will of God. So that we appealed to Titus, that as he began before, so also he should complete with you also this favor. But as in every way you abound, in belief, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in the [2from 3you 4to 5us 1love], that also in this favor you should abound. Not according to command I speak, but through the [2of others 1diligence], and the [2of the 4of your 5love 3genuineness 1proving]. For you know the favor of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for you he became poor -- being rich; that you by his poorness should be enriched. 10 And an opinion in this I give. For this is advantageous to you, the ones who not only the doing, but also the wanting, began before a year ago. 11 But now also [2the 3doing 1complete]! so that just as the eagerness of the thing wanted, so also the completing of the having. 12 For if the eagerness is situated, according to that which ever anyone should have, it is well-received, it is not according to that which he does not have. 13 For it is not that others have liberty, but to you affliction; 14 but from out of equality in the present time, that your abundance be for their deficiency, that also their abundance should be for your deficiency, so that [2should take place 1equality]. 15 As it has been written, The one gathering much was not superabundant; and the one gathering few did not have less. 16 But gratitude be to God, to the one giving the same diligence for you in the heart of Titus; 17 for the comfort indeed he received; [3more diligent 1but 2being] in enthusiasm he came forth to you. 18 And we sent with him the brother, of whom the high praise is in the good news through all the assemblies 19 (and not only so, but also handpicked by the assemblies; he is our traveling companion with this favor, which is being served by us to the [4himself 2of the 3Lord 1glory] and of your eagerness) 20 getting in readiness for this, lest anyone should scoff at us in the vigor by which this is being served by us; 21 thinking beforehand good things, not only before the Lord, but also before men. 22 And we sent together with them our brother whom we approved [4in 5many things 3often 2diligent 1being], but now much more diligent, [2reliance 1in much] towards you; 23 whether for Titus, [2partner 1my] and for you a fellow-worker; or whether of our brethren, apostles of assemblies, the glory of Christ. 24 The demonstration then of your love, and our boasting for you, [2to 3them 1demonstrate], and in front of the assemblies!
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