2 Corinthians 8

Great Generosity

1Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been a  given in the churches of b  Macedonia, 2that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the c  wealth of their liberality. 3For I testify that d  according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 4begging us with much urging for the e  favor
Lit and
of participation in the
Lit service to the saints
,
h  support of the
Or holy ones
saints,
5and this, not as we had
Lit hoped
expected, but they first k  gave themselves to the Lord and to us by l  the will of God.
6So 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.

7But 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 us
love we inspired in you, see that you t  abound in this gracious work also.
8I u  am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. 9For 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. 10I 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. 11But now finish
Lit the doing
doing 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.
12For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable ab  according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality 14at 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; 15as it is written ae  He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack.”

16But af  thanks be to God who ag  puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of ah  Titus. 17For he not only accepted our ai  appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 18We 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 this
taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift;
21for we ar  have regard for what is honorable, not only in as  the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22We 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. 23As for at  Titus, he is my au  partner and fellow worker
Lit for you
among you; as for our aw  brethren, they are
Lit apostles
,
ay  messengers of the churches, az  a glory to Christ.
24Therefore
Lit in the face of the churches
openly before the churches
Or show the proof...for boasting to them about you
show them the proof of your love and of our bc  reason for boasting about you.
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