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2 Corinthians 8:6-23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking[a] among you. Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you[b]—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.[c]

I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act[d] of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10 And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— 11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12 For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 13 I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14 your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15 As it is written,

“The one who had much did not have too much,
    and the one who had little did not have too little.”

Commendation of Titus

16 But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same eagerness for you that I myself have. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but since he is more eager than ever, he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his proclaiming the good news;[e] 19 and not only that, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us while we are administering this generous undertaking[f] for the glory of the Lord himself[g] and to show our goodwill. 20 We intend that no one should blame us about this generous gift that we are administering, 21 for we intend to do what is right not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of others. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found eager in many matters, but who is now more eager than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker in your service; as for our brothers, they are messengers[h] of the churches, the glory of Christ.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:6 Gk this grace
  2. 2 Corinthians 8:7 Other ancient authorities read your love for us
  3. 2 Corinthians 8:7 Gk this grace
  4. 2 Corinthians 8:9 Gk the grace
  5. 2 Corinthians 8:18 Or the gospel
  6. 2 Corinthians 8:19 Gk this grace
  7. 2 Corinthians 8:19 Other ancient authorities lack himself
  8. 2 Corinthians 8:23 Gk apostles
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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