1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and a their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. 3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4 imploring us with much urgency 1 that we would receive the gift and b the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first c gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the d will of God. 6 So e we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. 7 But as f you abound in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us - see g that you abound in this grace also.
8 h I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, i that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become j rich. 10 And in this k I give advice: l It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and m were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. 12 For n if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack - that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, o "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack." 2New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.