Moreover, brethren, we want you to know of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:
how in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing to give of themselves,
praying us with earnest entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of ministering to the saints.
And this they did, not as we had hoped, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and unto us by the will of God,
insomuch that we urged Titus that, as he had begun, so he would finish in you the same grace also.
Therefore as ye abound in everything -- in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us -- see that ye abound in this grace also.
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forthcoming of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.