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2 Corinthians 8:9-19 (New American Standard)

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9 For you know 1the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that 2though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 10 I 3give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin 4a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. 11 But now finish adoing it also, so that just as there was the 5readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12 For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable 6according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality - 14 at this present time your abundance being a supply for 7their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for 8your need, that there may be equality; 15 as it is written, "9HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK." 16 But 10thanks be to God who 11puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of 12Titus. 17 For he not only accepted our 13appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 18 We have sent along with him 14the brother whose fame in the things of the 15gospel has spread through 16all the churches; 19 17and not only this, but he has also been 18appointed by the churches to travel with us in 19this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our 20readiness,
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