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1 We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedo'nia, 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints-- 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
5 and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and 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 Accordingly we have urged Titus that as he had already made a beginning, he should also complete among you this gracious work. 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 utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in your love for us--see that you excel in this gracious work also. 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 this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 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 though he was rich, yet 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 And in this matter I give my advice: it is best for you now to complete what a year ago you began not only to do but to desire, 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 so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of 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 readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, 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 mean that others should be eased and you burdened, 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply 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 As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered 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 But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care 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 not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 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 are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel; 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 has been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work which we are carrying on, for the glory of the Lord and to show our good 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 We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.
21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of 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 with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever 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 fellow worker in your service; and as for our brethren, they are 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 So give proof, before the churches, of your love and of our boasting about you to these men. 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.