29 Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send (A)relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.

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30 (A)This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

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25 But now (A)I am going to Jerusalem to [a]minister to the saints. 26 For (B)it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For (C)if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, (D)their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them (E)this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 15:25 serve

Collection for the Saints

16 Now concerning (A)the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: (B)On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, (C)whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem. (D)But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.

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Excel in Giving

Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and (A)their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency [a]that we would receive the gift and (B)the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:4 NU, M omit that we would receive, thus changing text to urgency for the favor and fellowship

Administering the Gift

Now concerning (A)the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;

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for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a (A)year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.

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12 For the administration of this service not only (A)supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,

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10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, (A)the very thing which I also was eager to do.

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