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2 Corinthians 8:7-12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Now as you excel in everything—faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love for us[a]—excel also in this grace.

I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich. 10 Now I am giving an opinion on this because it is profitable for you, who a year ago began not only to do something but also to desire it.[b] 11 But now finish the task[c] as well, that just as there was eagerness to desire it, so there may also be a completion from what you have. 12 For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.


  1. 2 Corinthians 8:7 Other mss read in our love for you
  2. 2 Corinthians 8:10 Lit to will
  3. 2 Corinthians 8:11 Lit finish the doing

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