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2 Corinthians 8:1-15 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 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 generosity 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 accord, 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 they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 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 urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of 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 you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you--see that you excel in this act of grace 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 you by his poverty 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 judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do 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 So now finish doing it as well, 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 person 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 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 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, "Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever 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."