King James Version2 Corinthians8

2 Corinthians

1 More­over, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God be­stowed on the church­es of Mace­do­nia; 2 How that in a great tri­al of af­flic­tion the abun­dance of their joy and their deep pover­ty abound­ed unto the rich­es of their lib­er­al­i­ty. 3 For to their pow­er, I bear record, yea, and be­yond their pow­er they were will­ing of them­selves; 4 Pray­ing us with much in­treaty that we would re­ceive the gift, and ­take upon us the fel­low­ship of the min­is­ter­ing to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6 In­so­much that we de­sired Ti­tus, that as he had be­gun, so he would also fin­ish in you the same grace al­so. 7 There­fore, as ye abound in ev­ery thing, in faith, and ut­ter­ance, and knowl­edge, and in all dili­gence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace al­so. 8 I speak not by com­mand­ment, but by oc­ca­sion of the for­ward­ness of oth­ers, and to prove the sin­cer­i­ty of your love. 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Je­sus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he be­came poor, that ye through his pover­ty might be rich. 10 And here­in I give my ad­vice: for this is ex­pe­di­ent for you, who have be­gun be­fore, not only to do, but also to be for­ward a year ago. 11 Now there­fore per­form the do­ing of it; that as there was a readi­ness to will, so there may be a per­for­mance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a will­ing mind, it is ac­cept­ed ac­cord­ing to that a man hath, and not ac­cord­ing to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that oth­er men be eased, and ye bur­dened: 14 But by an equal­i­ty, that now at this time your abun­dance ­may be a supply for their want, that their abun­dance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equal­i­ty: 15 As it is writ­ten, He that had gathered much had noth­ing over; and he that had gathered lit­tle had no lack. 16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Ti­tus for you. 17 For in­deed he ac­cept­ed the ex­hor­ta­tion; but be­ing more for­ward, of his own ac­cord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the broth­er, whose praise is in the gospel through­out all the church­es; 19 And not that on­ly, but who was also cho­sen of the church­es to trav­el with us with this grace, which is ad­min­is­tered by us to the glo­ry of the same Lord, and dec­la­ra­tion of your ready mind: 20 Avoid­ing this, that no man should blame us in this abun­dance which is ad­min­is­tered by us: 21 Pro­vid­ing for hon­est things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our broth­er, whom we have of­ten­times proved dili­gent in many things, but now much more dili­gent, upon the great con­fi­dence which I have in you. 23 Whether any do enquire of Ti­tus, he is my part­ner and fel­lowhelper con­cern­ing you: or our brethren be en­quired of, they are the mes­sen­gers of the church­es, and the glo­ry of Christ. 24 Where­fore shew ye to them, and be­fore the church­es, the proof of your love, and of our boast­ing on your be­half.