2 Corinthians 8:5

5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

2 Corinthians 8:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
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.
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.
MSG
5 This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.
CSB
5 and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will.

2 Corinthians 8:5 In-Context

3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.
5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.
7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
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