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2 Corinthians 8

NLT 1 Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. NIV 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. NLT 2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. NIV 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. NLT 3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. NIV 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, NLT 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. NIV 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. NLT 5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do. NIV 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. NLT 6 So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. NIV 6 So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. NLT 7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. NIV 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. NLT 8 I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. NIV 8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. NLT 9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. NIV 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. NLT 10 Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. NIV 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. NLT 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. NIV 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. NLT 12 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. NIV 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. NLT 13 Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. NIV 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. NLT 14 Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. NIV 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, NLT 15 As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.” NIV 15 as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little." NLT 16 But thank God! He has given Titus the same enthusiasm for you that I have. NIV 16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you. NLT 17 Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you. NIV 17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. NLT 18 We are also sending another brother with Titus. All the churches praise him as a preacher of the Good News. NIV 18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel. NLT 19 He was appointed by the churches to accompany us as we take the offering to Jerusalem —a service that glorifies the Lord and shows our eagerness to help. NIV 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. NLT 20 We are traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift. NIV 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. NLT 21 We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to see that we are honorable. NIV 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. NLT 22 We are also sending with them another of our brothers who has proven himself many times and has shown on many occasions how eager he is. He is now even more enthusiastic because of his great confidence in you. NIV 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. NLT 23 If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And the brothers with him have been sent by the churches, and they bring honor to Christ. NIV 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. NLT 24 So show them your love, and prove to all the churches that our boasting about you is justified. NIV 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.