2 Corinthians 8:1-15 (Lexham English Bible)

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Generosity in Giving

1 Now we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 that with a great ordeal of affliction, the abundance of their joy and the extreme depth of their poverty have overflowed to the wealth of their generosity. 3 I testify that [they gave]a according to [their] ability, and beyond [their] ability, by their own choice, 4 requesting of us with much exhortation the favor and the fellowship of the ministry to the saints, 5 and not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and [then] to us, by the will of God. 6 So we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun [it], thus he would also complete for you this [act of] grace. 7 But just as you excel in everything--in faith and in speaking and in knowledge and with all diligence and in the love from us [that is] in you--so may you excel in this grace also. 8 I am not saying [this] as a command, but proving the genuineness of your love by means of the diligence of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that [although he]b was rich, for your sake he became poor, in order that you, by his poverty, may become rich. 10 And I am giving an opinion in this [matter], because this is profitable for you who not only began previously, a year ago, to do [something], but also to want [to do it]. 11 So now also complete the doing [of it], in order that just as [you have] the eagerness to want [to do it], thus also [you may] complete [it] from [what you] have. 12 For if the eagerness is present {according to what one has}c, [it is] acceptable not {according to what one does not have}d. 13 For [this is] not that for others [there may be] relief, [and] for you difficult circumstances, but [as a matter] of equality. 14 At the present time your abundance [will be] for their need, in order that their abundance may also be for your need, so that there may be equality, 15 just as it is written, "The [one] who [gathered] much did not have too much, and the [one] who [gathered] little did not have too little."e
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