I (A)am not saying this as a command, but as proving, through the earnestness of others, the sincerity of your love as well. For you know (B)the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that (C)though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 10 I (D)give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin (E)a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. 11 But now finish [a]doing it also, so that just as there was the (F)willingness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12 For if the willingness is present, it is acceptable (G)according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For this is not for the relief of others and for your hardship, but by way of equality— 14 at this present time your abundance will serve as assistance for (H)their need, so that their abundance also may [b]serve as assistance for (I)your need, so that there may be equality; 15 as it is written: “(J)The one who had gathered much did not have too much, and the one who had gathered little did not have too little.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:11 Lit the doing
  2. 2 Corinthians 8:14 Lit become