2 Corinthians 8-9Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)
Macedonia Gave Sacrificially, So We Urged Titus To Go Complete Your Gracious Gift
8 Now we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God having been granted in the churches of Macedonia[a]— 2 that in a great test of [b] affliction their abundance of joy and their down deep poverty abounded into the riches of their generosity. 3 Because I testify that they gave in accordance with their ability and beyond their ability, of-their-own-accord, 4 with a great appeal begging from us the favor[c] and the partnership[d] in this ministry to the saints— 5 and not as we hoped[e], but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God— 6 so that we urged[f] Titus that just as he previously-began, so also he should complete this grace[g] with reference to you also.
I Urge You To Abound In This Grace of Giving Because It Is Beneficial For You!
7 But just as you are abounding in everything— in faith and speech and knowledge and all earnestness, and in the love from us in you— I urge that you also be abounding in this grace. 8 I am not speaking by way of command, but am proving[h] through the earnestness of others the genuineness of your love also. 9 For you know the grace[i] of our Lord Jesus Christ— that for your sakes He became-poor while being rich, in order that you might become-rich by the poverty of that One. 10 And I am giving an opinion in this matter, for this[j] is beneficial for you, who began-beforehand from last year not only the doing, but the wanting to do. 11 But now indeed complete the doing, so that just as was the eagerness of the wanting, so also may be the completing out of what you have.
A Gift Proportionate To Your Abundance Is Acceptable For Their Need
12 For if the eagerness is there, it [k] is acceptable to whatever degree a person may have, not to-the-degree he does not have. 13 For it is not in order that there may be rest[l] for others, affliction[m] for you, but out of equality[n]— 14 at the present time your abundance[o] being for the need of those ones, in order that the abundance of those ones also may come-to-be for your need, so that there may be equality. 15 Just as it has been written [in Ex 16:18], “The one gathering much did not increase[p], and the one gathering little did not have-less”.
Titus Was Eager To Go To You. So Demonstrate Your Love For All To See
16 Now thanks be to God, the One having given the same[q] earnestness[r] for you in the heart of Titus. 17 Because he welcomed the urging[s]— but being more[t] earnest, went-out[u] to you of-his-own-accord! 18 And we sent with him the brother[v] whose praise in[w] the good-news is through all the churches, 19 and not only this, but who was also appointed[x] by the churches to be our fellow-traveler with this grace-gift being ministered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our eagerness[y]— 20 avoiding this: that anyone should fault[z] us in this abundance being ministered by us. 21 For we are providing-for[aa] good things not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of people. 22 And we sent with them our brother whom we often proved in many things as being diligent, but now is much more diligent with great confidence in you. 23 If any ask[ab] about Titus— he is my partner and fellow-worker for you; if as to our brothers[ac]— they are delegates[ad] of the churches, a glory of [ae] Christ. 24 Therefore, be demonstrating[af] to them, to the face[ag] of the churches, the demonstration of your love and our boasting about you.
For I Have Boasted of Your Eagerness To Others, So I Want You Ready When I Come
9 For indeed, it is superfluous for me to write to you concerning the ministry[ah] to the saints. 2 For I know your eagerness, which I am boasting about you to the Macedonians— that “Achaia has been prepared [to give] since last year”. And your zeal stirred-up the majority. 3 But I sent the brothers in order that our boast about you might not be made-empty in this respect: in order that, just as I was saying, you may be prepared, 4 that we should not somehow be put-to-shame (that I not say you) in this confidence[ai] if Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared. 5 Therefore I regarded it necessary to urge the brothers that they go-ahead to you and prepare-beforehand your previously-promised blessing[aj], that this may be ready thus as a blessing and not as greediness[ak].
Sow For Blessings, As You Freely Choose In Your Hearts: God Loves a Cheerful Giver
6 Now this[al] I say: the one sowing sparingly will also reap sparingly. And the one sowing for[am] blessings will also reap for blessings. 7 Each should give just as he has chosen-beforehand[an] in his heart— not out of grief [ao] or out of compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to cause all grace to abound to you in order that in everything, always having all sufficiency, you may be abounding for every good work. 9 Just as it has been written [in Ps 112:9], “He scattered, he gave to the needy ones, his righteousness remains forever”.
God Will Multiply Your Seed And Fruit, And Your Gift Will Abound To His Glory
10 And the One supplying seed to the one sowing[ap], and bread for eating, will supply and multiply your seed, and will grow the fruits of [aq] your righteousness. 11 In everything you will be enriched for all generosity, which through[ar] us is going to produce thanksgiving to God, 12 because the ministry of [as] this service[at] is not only going to be filling-up the needs of the saints, but also abounding through many thanksgivings to God! 13 Through the approvedness of this ministry, they will be glorifying God for the obedience of [au] your confession to[av] the good-news of Christ, and the generosity[aw] of the contribution for them and for all, 14 while they also are yearning-for you in prayer for you because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift[ax].
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