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¶ Likewise, brethren, we make known unto you the grace of God bestowed on the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of Macedonia,

how that in a great trial of tribulation the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

For to their power, I bear record, and even beyond their power they were willing of themselves,

praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the grace and take upon us the fellowship of the ministry to the saints.

And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord and then unto us by the will of God.

Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete among you the same grace also.

¶ Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith and in word and in knowledge and in all diligence and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

I speak not as commanding, but by occasion of the diligence of others and to prove the sincerity of your charity.

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor that ye through his poverty might be enriched.

10 And in this I give my advice, for this is expedient for you, who began not only to do, but also to be diligent a year ago.

11 Now therefore finish the doing of it that as there was a readiness to will, so there may also be a performance out of that which ye have.

12 For if there is first a willing desire, it is accepted according to what a person has and not according to what they do not have.

13 For I mean not that others be eased and ye burdened,

14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want that their abundance also may be a supply for your want, that there may be equality:

15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over, and he that had gathered little had no lack.

16 ¶ But thanks be to God, who put the same diligence into the heart of Titus for you.

17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation, but being more diligent, of his own accord he went unto you.

18 And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the congregations, {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}

19 and not that only, but who was also ordained by the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord and declaration of your ready desire,

20 avoiding that anyone should blame us regarding this abundance which is ministered by us,

21 providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which we have in you.

23 Regarding Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you; or regarding our brethren, they are the apostles of the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} and the glory of Christ.

24 Therefore show ye unto them before the congregations, {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} the proof of your charity and of our glorying regarding you.

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