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2 Corinthians 8 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God, that is 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 assaying of tribulation, the plenty of the joy of them was [the abundance, or plenty, of the joy of them was], and the highest poverty of them was plenteous into the riches of the simpleness of them. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
3 For I bear witnessing to them, after might and above might they were willful [after virtue, or power, and above virtue they were willful], 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 admonishing beseeching us the grace and the communing of [the] ministering, that is made to holy men. 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 themselves first to the Lord, afterward 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 So that we prayed Titus, that as he began, so also he perform in you this 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 But as ye abound in all things, in faith, and word, and knowing [and science, or knowing], and all busyness, moreover and in your charity into us, that also in this grace ye 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 say not as commanding, but by the busyness of other men proving also the good wit 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 And ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he was made needy for you, when he was rich, that ye should be made rich by his neediness [that ye should be made rich by his mis-ease, or neediness]. 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 I give counsel in this thing; for this is profitable to you, that not only have begun to do, but also ye began to have will from the former year [but and to desire from the former year]. 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 But now [Now forsooth] perform ye in deed, that as the discretion of will is ready [to desire good], so be it also of performing of that that ye 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 ready, it is accepted after that that it hath, not after that that it 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 And not that it be remission to other men [+Forsooth not that it be remission, or idleness/or sloth, to other men], and to you tribulation; 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 but of evenness in the present time your abundance fulfill the need of them, that also the abundance of them be a fulfilling of your need, that evenness be made; [but of evenness, in this present time your abundance fulfill the mis-ease of them, that and the abundance of them be supplement, or fulfilling, of your mis-ease, or need, that evenness be made;] 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 [hath] gathered much, was not increased, and he that [had] gathered little, had not less. 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 I do thankings to God, that gave the same busyness 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 [soothly] he received exhortation; but when he was busier, by his will he went forth to you [with his will he went forth to you]. 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 sent with him a brother, whose praising is in the gospel by all 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 only [praised], but also he is ordained of churches the fellow of our pilgrimage into this grace, that is ministered of us to the glory of the Lord, and to our ordained 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 eschewing this thing, that no man blame us in this plenty, that is ministered of us to the glory of the Lord. 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
21 For we purvey good things, not only before God, but also before all 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 For we sent with them also our brother, whom we have proved in many things oft, that he was busy, but now much busier, for much trust in you, [Forsooth we sent with them and our brother, whom we have proved in many things oft, to be busy, now forsooth much busier, in much trust 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, that is my fellow and helper in you, either for our brethren [either our brethren], apostles of the churches of 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 Therefore show ye to them in the face of churches, that showing that is of your charity [the showing that is of your charity] and of our glory for 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.