We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedo'nia,
for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part.
For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will,
begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints--
and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
Accordingly we have urged Titus that as he had already made a beginning, he should also complete among you this gracious work.
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