1Now, brethren, we wish to makeknown to you the grace of God which has been 1given in the churches of 2Macedonia,
that in a greatordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deeppovertyoverflowed in the 3wealth of their liberality.
For I testify that 4according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their ownaccord,
4begging us with muchurging for the 5favoraof participation in the b6support of the csaints,
and this, not as we had dexpected, but they first7gavethemselves to the Lord and to us by 8the will of God.
6So we 9urged10Titus that as he had previously11made a beginning, so he would alsocomplete in you 12thisgraciouswork as well.
But just as you 13abound14in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in allearnestness and in the elove we inspired in you, see that you 15abound in thisgraciousworkalso.
I 16am not speaking this as a command, but as provingthrough the earnestness of others the sincerity of your lovealso.
For you know17the grace of our LordJesusChrist, that 18though He was rich, yet for your sake He becamepoor, so that you through His poverty might becomerich.
I 19give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin20a yearago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.
But nowfinishfdoing it also, so that just as there was the 21readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability.
For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable22according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.
For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality -
at thispresenttime your abundance being a supply for 23their need, so that their abundancealso may become a supply for 24your need, that there may be equality ;
as it is written, "25HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVETOOMUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLEHADNOLACK."
But 26thanks be to God who 27puts the sameearnestness on your behalf in the heart of 28Titus.
For he not onlyaccepted our 29appeal, but beinghimself very earnest, he has gone to you of his ownaccord.
We have sentalong with him 30the brotherwhosefame in the things of the 31gospel has spread through32all the churches ;
1933and not only this, but he has also been 34appointed by the churches to travel with us in 35thisgraciouswork, which is being administered by us for the glory of the LordHimself, and to show our 36readiness,
20gtakingprecaution so that noone will discredit us in our administration of thisgenerousgift ;
for we 37haveregard for what is honorable, not only in 38the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
We have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentested and founddiligent in manythings, but nowevenmorediligent because of his greatconfidence in you.
As for 39Titus, he is my 40partner and fellowworkerhamong you; as for our 41brethren, they are i42messengers of the churches, 43a glory to Christ.
24Thereforejopenlybefore the churches, kshow them the proof of your love and of our 44reason for boastingabout you.