2 Corinthians 8 YLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in the assemblies of Macedonia, 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
2 because in much trial of tribulation the abundance of their joy, and their deep poverty, did abound to the riches of their liberality; 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
3 because, according to [their] power, I testify, and above [their] power, they were willing of themselves, 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 calling on us to receive the favour and the fellowship of the ministration to the saints, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
5 and not according as we expected, but themselves they did give first to the Lord, and to us, through 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 exhorted Titus, that, according as he did begin before, so also he may finish to you also this favour, 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 even as in every thing ye do abound, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in your love to us, that also in this grace ye 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 not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness, 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 ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that because of you he became poor -- being rich, that ye by that poverty may become 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 an opinion in this do I give: for this to you [is] expedient, who not only to do, but also to will, did begin before -- 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 and now also finish doing [it], that even as [there is] the readiness of the will, so also the finishing, out of that which 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 willing mind is present, according to that which any one may have it is well-accepted, 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 not that for others release, and ye pressured, [do I speak,] 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 but by equality, at the present time your abundance -- for their want, that also their abundance may be for your want, that there may be 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 according as it hath been written, `He who [did gather] much, had nothing over; and he who [did gather] little, had no lack.' 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 to God, who is putting the same diligence 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 because indeed the exhortation he accepted, and being more diligent, of his own accord he went forth 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 and we sent with him the brother, whose praise in the good news [is] through all the assemblies, 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 so, but who was also appointed by vote by the assemblies, our fellow-traveller, with this favour that is ministered by us, unto the glory of the same Lord, and your willing mind; 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 one may blame us in this abundance that is ministered by us, 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
21 providing right things, not only before the Lord, 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 sent with them our brother, whom we proved in many things many times being diligent, and now much more diligent, by the great confidence that is toward 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 whether -- about Titus -- my partner and towards you fellow-worker, whether -- our brethren, apostles of assemblies -- 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 the shewing therefore of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf, to them shew ye, even in the face of the assemblies. 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.