2 Corinthians 8 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But we desire to let you know, brethren, of the grace of God which has been bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia; 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
2 how, while passing through great trouble, their boundless joy even amid their deep poverty has overflowed to increase their generous liberality. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
3 For I can testify that to the utmost of their power, and even beyond their power, they have of their own free will given help. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
4 With earnest entreaty they begged from us the favour of being allowed to share in the service now being rendered to God's people. 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
5 They not only did this, as we had expected, but first of all in obedience to God's will they gave their own selves to the Lord and to us. 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 This led us to urge Titus that, as he had previously been the one who commenced the work, so he should now go and complete among you this act of beneficence also. 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 Yes, just as you are already very rich in faith, readiness of speech, knowledge, unwearied zeal, and in the love that is in you, implanted by us, see to it that this grace of liberal giving also flourishes in you. 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 am not saying this by way of command, but to test by the standard of other men's earnestness the genuineness of your love also. 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 condescending goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ--how for your sakes He became poor, though He was rich, in order that you through His poverty might grow 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 But in this matter I give you an opinion; for my doing this helps forward your own intentions, seeing that not only have you begun operations, but a year ago you already had the desire to do so. 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 And now complete the doing also, in order that, just as there was then the eagerness in desiring, there may now be the accomplishment in proportion to your means. 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, assuming the earnest willingness, the gift is acceptable according to whatever a man has, and not according to what he has 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 I do not urge you to give in order that others may have relief while you are unduly pressed, 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 but that, by equalization of burdens, your superfluity having in the present emergency supplied their deficiency, their superfluity may in turn be a supply for your deficiency later on, so that there may be equalization of burdens. 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 Even as it is written, "He who gathered much had not too much, and he who gathered little had not too little." 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 But thanks be to God that He inspires the heart of Titus with the same deep interest in you; 16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.
17 for Titus welcomed our request, and, being thoroughly in earnest, comes to you of his own free will. 17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.
18 And we send with him the brother whose praises for his earnestness in proclaiming the Good News are heard throughout 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 more than that, he is the one who was chosen by the vote of the Churches to travel with us, sharing our commission in the administration of this generous gift to promote the Lord's glory and gratify our own strong desire. 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 For against one thing we are on our guard--I mean against blame being thrown upon us in respect to these large and liberal contributions which are under our charge. 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
21 For we seek not only God's approval of our integrity, but man's also. 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 send with them our brother, of whose zeal we have had frequent proof in many matters, and who is now more zealous than ever through the strong confidence which he has 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 As for Titus, remember that he is a partner with me, and is my comrade in my labours for you. And as for our brethren, remember that they are delegates from the Churches, and are men in whom Christ is glorified. 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 Exhibit therefore to the Churches a proof of your love, and a justification of our boasting to these brethren about you. 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.