We want you to know, brothers,a about the grace of God that has been 1given among the churches of Macedonia,
for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and 2their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
For they gave 3according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,
begging us earnestly 4for the favorb of taking part in 5the relief of the saints--
and this, not as we expected, but they 6gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.