Now we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,
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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.
I testify that [they gave] according to [their] ability, and beyond [their] ability, by their own choice,
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requesting of us with much exhortation the favor and the fellowship of the ministry to the saints,
and not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and [then] to us, by the will of God.
So we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun [it], thus he would also complete for you this [act of] grace.