2 Corinthians 8 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia: 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
2 during a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
3 I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability, 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
4 they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
5 and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will. 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 we urged Titus that, just as he had begun, so he should also complete this grace to you. 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 Now as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us-excel also in this grace. 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 as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love. 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: although He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might 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 Now I am giving an opinion on this because it is profitable for you, who a year ago began not only to do something but also to desire it. 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 finish the task as well, that just as there was eagerness to desire it, so there may also be a completion from what 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 eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 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 It is not that there may be relief for others and hardship for you, but it is a question of equality- 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 at the present time your surplus is [available] for their need, so that their abundance may also become [available] for your need, 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 As it has been written: The person who gathered much did not have too much, and the person who gathered little did not have 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 Thanks be to God who put the same diligence for you into the heart of Titus. 16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.
17 For he accepted our urging and, being very diligent, went out to you by his own choice. 17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.
18 With him we have sent the brother who is praised throughout the churches for his gospel ministry. 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 that, but he was also appointed by the churches to accompany us with this gift that is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our eagerness [to help]. 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 We are taking this precaution so no one can find fault with us concerning this large sum administered by us. 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
21 For we are making provision for what is honorable, 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 We have also sent with them our brother whom we have often tested, in many circumstances, and found diligent-and now even more diligent because of his great 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 As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker serving you; as for our brothers, they are the messengers 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 Therefore, before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our boasting 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.