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

 
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1 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been 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 for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant 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, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 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 privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
5 and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, 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 so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among 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 utmost eagerness, and in our love for you —so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 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 do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 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 generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes 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 am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— 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 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 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, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one 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 I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
14 your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 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, "The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had 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."