Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness1 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,2 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,3 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."a4
I thank God,5 who put into the heart6 of Titus7 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.818
And we are sending along with him the brother9 who is praised by all the churches10 for his service to the gospel.1119
What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us12 as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.1320
We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.14