2 Corinthians 8:1-11 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.