And here is my advice1 about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.211
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness3 to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has,4 not according to what he does not have.
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
At the present time your plenty will supply what they need,5 so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,
as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."a6
I thank God,7 who put into the heart8 of Titus9 the same concern I have for you.
For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.1018
And we are sending along with him the brother11 who is praised by all the churches12 for his service to the gospel.1319
What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us14 as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.1520
We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.