2 Corinthians 8
Great Generosity1 Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been a given in the churches of b Macedonia, 2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the c wealth of their liberality. 3 For I testify that d according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 4 begging us with much urging for the e favor ▼
▼ Lit andof participation in the ▼
▼ Lit service to the saints, h support of the ▼
▼ Or holy onessaints, 5 and this, not as we had ▼
▼ Lit hopedexpected, but they first k gave themselves to the Lord and to us by l the will of God. 6 So we m urged n Titus that as he had previously o made a beginning, so he would also complete in you p this gracious work as well. 7 But just as you q abound r in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the ▼
▼ Lit love from us in you; one early ms reads your love for uslove we inspired in you, see that you t abound in this gracious work also. 8 I u am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. 9 For you know v the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that w though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 10 I x give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin y a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. 11 But now finish ▼
▼ Lit the doingdoing it also, so that just as there was the aa readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12 For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable ab according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality— 14 at this present time your abundance being a supply for ac their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for ad your need, that there may be equality; 15 as it is written ae “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack.” 16 But af thanks be to God who ag puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of ah Titus. 17 For he not only accepted our ai appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 18 We have sent along with him aj the brother whose fame in the things of the ak gospel has spread through al all the churches; 19 am and not only this, but he has also been an appointed by the churches to travel with us in ao this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our ap readiness, 20 ▼
▼ Lit avoiding thistaking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; 21 for we ar have regard for what is honorable, not only in as the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 We have sent with them our brother, whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for at Titus, he is my au partner and fellow worker ▼
▼ Lit for youamong you; as for our aw brethren, they are ▼
▼ Lit apostles, ay messengers of the churches, az a glory to Christ. 24 Therefore ▼
▼ Lit in the face of the churchesopenly before the churches ▼
▼ Or show the proof...for boasting to them about youshow them the proof of your love and of our bc reason for boasting about you.
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