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2 Corinthians 8

ESV 1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, NIV 1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. ESV 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. NIV 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. ESV 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, NIV 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, ESV 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints-- NIV 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. ESV 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 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. ESV 6 Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 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. ESV 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. 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. ESV 8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 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. ESV 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. 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. ESV 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. 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. ESV 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. 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. ESV 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not 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. ESV 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness NIV 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. ESV 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 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, ESV 15 As it is written, "Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack." 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." ESV 16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. NIV 16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you. ESV 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. NIV 17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. ESV 18 With him we are sendingthe brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. NIV 18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel. ESV 19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. 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. ESV 20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, NIV 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. ESV 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man. 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. ESV 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. 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. ESV 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of 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. ESV 24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men. 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.