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2 Corinthians 8

MSG 1 Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. NIV 1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. MSG 2 Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. NIV 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. MSG 3 I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could - far more than they could afford! - NIV 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, MSG 4 pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians. NIV 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 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. NIV 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. MSG 6 That's what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. NIV 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. MSG 7 You do so well in so many things - you trust God, you're articulate, you're insightful, you're passionate, you love us - now, do your best in this, too. NIV 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. MSG 8 I'm not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians' enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you. 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. MSG 9 You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us - in one stroke he became poor and we became rich. NIV 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 through his poverty might become rich. MSG 10 So here's what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. NIV 10 And here is my judgment 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. MSG 11 Your heart's been in the right place all along. You've got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. 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. MSG 12 Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can't. The heart regulates the hands. NIV 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. MSG 13 This isn't so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you're shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, NIV 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. MSG 14 your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even. NIV 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, MSG 15 As it is written, Nothing left over to the one with the most, Nothing lacking to the one with the least. NIV 15 as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” MSG 16 I thank God for giving Titus the same devoted concern for you that I have. NIV 16 Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you. MSG 17 He was most considerate of how we felt, but his eagerness to go to you and help out with this relief offering is his own idea. NIV 17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. MSG 18 We're sending a companion along with him, someone very popular in the churches for his preaching of the Message. NIV 18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel. MSG 19 But there's far more to him than popularity. He's rock-solid trustworthy. The churches handpicked him to go with us as we travel about doing this work of sharing God's gifts to honor God as well as we can, 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. MSG 20 taking every precaution against scandal. NIV 20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. MSG 21 We're being as careful in our reputation with the public as in our reputation with God. 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 man. MSG 22 That's why we're sending another trusted friend along. He's proved his dependability many times over, and carries on as energetically as the day he started. He's heard much about you, and liked what he's heard - so much so that he can't wait to get there. 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. MSG 23 I don't need to say anything further about Titus. We've been close associates in this work of serving you for a long time. The brothers who travel with him are delegates from churches, a real credit to Christ. NIV 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ. MSG 24 Show them what you're made of, the love I've been talking up in the churches. Let them see it for themselves! 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.

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