2 Corinthians 8
1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the
churches of Macedonia:
2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty
abounded in the riches of their liberality.
3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they
were freely willing,
4 imploring us with much entreating that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of
the ministering to the saints.
5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and also to
us through the will of God.
6 So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace among
you as well.
7 But as you abound in everything (in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence,
and in your love for us), see that you abound in this grace also.
8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love through the
diligence of others.
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your
sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
10 And in this I give advice: It is profitable for you not only to be doing what you began
and were intending to do a year ago;
11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was an eagerness to
purpose it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.
12 For if something is presented eagerly, it is accepted according to what one has, and
not according to what he does not have.
13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened;
14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that
their abundance also may supply your lack; that there may be equality.
15 As it is written, He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered
little had no lack.
16 But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation, and being more earnest, he went to you of his
18 And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all
19 and not only that, but who was also chosen by the churches to travel with us with this
gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself, and your ready mind,
20 avoiding this: that anyone should find fault with us in this abundance which is
administered by us;
21 providing honorable things, not only before the Lord, but also before men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved diligent in
many things, but now much more diligent, because of the great confidence which we
have in you.
23 If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for you; or our
brethren, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
24 Therefore show to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love and of our
exulting on your behalf.