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Parallel Bible results for 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

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2 Corinthians 8:1-15

GW 1 Brothers and sisters, we want you to know how God showed his kindness to the churches in the province of Macedonia. NIV 1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. GW 2 While they were being severely tested by suffering, their overflowing joy, along with their extreme poverty, has made them even more generous. NIV 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. GW 3 I assure you that by their own free will they have given all they could, even 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, GW 4 They made an appeal to us, begging us to let them participate in the ministry of God's kindness to his holy people [in Jerusalem]. NIV 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. GW 5 They did more than we had expected. First, they gave themselves to the Lord and to us, since this was God's will. 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. GW 6 This led us to urge Titus to finish his work of God's kindness among you in the same way as he had already started it. 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. GW 7 Indeed, the more your faith, your ability to speak, your knowledge, your dedication, and your love for us increase, the more we want you to participate in this work of God's kindness. 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. GW 8 I'm not commanding you, but I'm testing how genuine your love is by pointing out the dedication of others. 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. GW 9 You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty. 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. GW 10 I'm giving you my opinion because it will be helpful to you. Last year you were not only willing [to take a collection] but had already started to do it. 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. GW 11 So finish what you began to do. Then your willingness will be matched by what you accomplish 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. GW 12 with whatever contributions you have. Since you are willing to do this, [remember] that people are accepted if they give what they are able to give. God doesn't ask for what they don't have. 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. GW 13 I don't mean that others should have relief while you have hardship. Rather, it's a matter of striking a balance. NIV 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. GW 14 At the present time, your surplus fills their need so that their surplus may fill your need. In this way things balance out. 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, GW 15 This is what Scripture says: "Those who had gathered a lot didn't have too much, and those who gathered a little didn't have too little." 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.”

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