Add parallel Print Page Options

10 They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was[a] eager to do.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Galatians 2:10 Or had been

17 Now after some years I came to bring alms to my nation and to offer sacrifices.

Read full chapter

17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister[a] in need and yet refuses help?

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 1 John 3:17 Gk brother

16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Read full chapter

Encouragement to Be Generous

We want you to know, brothers and sisters,[a] about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege[b] of sharing in this ministry to the saints— and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking[c] among you. Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you[d]—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.[e]

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[f] 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.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:1 Gk brothers
  2. 2 Corinthians 8:4 Gk grace
  3. 2 Corinthians 8:6 Gk this grace
  4. 2 Corinthians 8:7 Other ancient authorities read your love for us
  5. 2 Corinthians 8:7 Gk this grace
  6. 2 Corinthians 8:9 Gk the grace

15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?

Read full chapter

The Collection for the Saints

16 Now concerning the collection for the saints: you should follow the directions I gave to the churches of Galatia. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn, so that collections need not be taken when I come.

Read full chapter

25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints; 26 for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do this, and indeed they owe it to them; for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things.

Read full chapter

29 The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers[a] living in Judea; 30 this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Acts 11:29 Gk brothers

Bible Gateway Recommends

NRSV Pew Bible with Apocrypha, Hardcover, Burgundy
NRSV Pew Bible with Apocrypha, Hardcover, Burgundy
Retail: $17.95
Our Price: $10.99
Save: $6.96 (39%)
NRSV Thinline Reference Bible--soft leather-look, burgundy
NRSV Thinline Reference Bible--soft leather-look, burgundy
Retail: $44.99
Our Price: $19.49
Save: $25.50 (57%)
Gospel Parallels, NRSV Edition
Gospel Parallels, NRSV Edition
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $26.99
Save: $13.00 (33%)
3.5 of 5.0 stars