And in this matter I give my advice: it is best for you now to complete what a year ago you began not only to do but to desire,
so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.
I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened,
but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality.
As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack."
But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord.
With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel;
and not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work which we are carrying on, for the glory of the Lord and to show our good will.
We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering,