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2 Corinthians 8:1-8 (New International Version)

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Generosity Encouraged

1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian1 churches. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.2 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able,3 and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing4 in this service5 to the saints.6 5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will. 6 So we urged7 Titus,8 since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion9 this act of grace on your part. 7 But just as you excel in everything10--in faith, in speech, in knowledge,11 in complete earnestness and in your love for usa--see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 8 I am not commanding you,12 but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.
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