Parallel Bible results for 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

English Standard Version

New International Version

2 Corinthians 8:1-5

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.