Accordingly, (A)we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you (B)this act of grace.

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18 (A)I urged Titus to go, and sent (B)the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?

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19 And not only that, but he has been (A)appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of (B)grace that is being ministered by us, (C)for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will.

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begging us earnestly (A)for the favor[a] of taking part in (B)the relief of the saints—

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:4 The Greek word charis can mean favor or grace or thanks, depending on the context

Commendation of Titus

16 But (A)thanks be to God, (B)who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For (C)he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going[a] to you of his own accord.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:17 Or he went

10 (A)As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, (B)as good stewards of God's varied grace:

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18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, (A)having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, (B)a fragrant offering, (C)a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

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So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the (A)gift[a] you have promised, so that it may be ready (B)as a willing gift, (C)not as an exaction.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 9:5 Greek blessing; twice in this verse
  2. 2 Corinthians 9:5 Or a gift expecting something in return; Greek greed

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