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2 Corinthians 8:1-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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]

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
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