2 Corinthians 8 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now we make known unto you, brethren, the grace of God that hath been given in the churches of Macedonia. 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
2 That in much experience of tribulation, they have had abundance of joy and their very deep poverty hath abounded unto the riches of their simplicity. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
3 For according to their power (I bear them witness) and beyond their power, they were willing: 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
4 With much entreaty begging of us the grace and communication of the ministry that is done toward the saints. 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
5 And not as we hoped: but they gave their own selves, first to the Lord, then to us by the will of God; 5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.
6 Insomuch, that we desired Titus, that, as he had begun, so also he would finish among you this same grace. 6 So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.
7 That as in all things you abound in faith and word and knowledge and all carefulness, moreover also in your charity towards us: so in this grace also you may abound. 7 But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
8 I speak not as commanding: but by the carefulness of others, approving also the good disposition of your charity. 8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that being rich he became poor for your sakes: that through his poverty you might be rich. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
10 And herein I give my advice: for this is profitable for you who have begun not only to do but also to be willing, a year ago. 10 And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.
11 Now therefore perform ye it also in deed: that as your mind is forward to be willing, so it may be also to perform, out of that which you have. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
12 For if the will be forward, it is accepted according to that which a man hath: not according to that which he hath not. 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
13 For I mean not that others should be eased and you burdened, but by an equality. 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 In this present time let your abundance supply their want, that their abundance also may supply your want: that there may be an equality, 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,
15 As it is written: He that had much had nothing over; and he that had little had no want. 15 as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."
16 And thanks be to God, who hath given the same carefulness for you in the heart of Titus. 16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation: but, being more careful, of his own will he went unto you. 17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.
18 We have sent also with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel through all the churches. 18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.
19 And not that only: but he was also ordained by the churches companion of our travels, for this grace, which is administered by us, to the glory of the Lord and our determined will: 19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.
20 Avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us. 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
21 For we forecast what may be good, not only before God but also before men. 21 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother also, whom we have often proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent: with much confidence in you, 22 In addition, we are sending with them our brother who has often proved to us in many ways that he is zealous, and now even more so because of his great confidence in you.
23 Either for Titus, who is my companion and fellow labourer towards you, or our brethren, the apostles of the churches, the glory of Christ. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ.
24 Wherefore shew ye to them, in the sight of the churches, the evidence of your charity and of our boasting on your behalf. 24 Therefore show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our pride in you, so that the churches can see it.