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1 MOREOVER, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
3 For to
power, I bear record, yea, and beyond
willing of themselves;
4 Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and
take upon us
the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
this they did
, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
7 Therefore, as ye abound in every
faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and
all diligence, and
your love to us,
that ye abound in this grace also.
8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
10 And herein I give
advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.
11 Now therefore perform the doing
; that as
a readiness to will, so
there may be
a performance also out of that which ye have.
12 For if there be first a willing mind,
accepted according to that a man hath,
not according to that he hath not.
not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
14 But by an equality,
now at this time your abundance
may be a supply
for their want, that their abundance also may be
for your want: that there may be equality:
15 As it is written, He that
much had nothing over; and he that
little had no lack.
16 But thanks
to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise
in the gospel throughout all the churches;
19 And not
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
your ready mind:
20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which
any do inquire
my partner and fellow-helper concerning you: or our brethren
be inquired of, they are
the messengers of the churches,
the glory of Christ.
24 Wherefore show ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.