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Now we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God that is given in the assemblies of Macedonia;
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that in much trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality;
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because according to power [I bear witness] and beyond power [they gave] of their own accord,
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asking of us with much entreaty the grace and the fellowship of the ministering unto the saints;
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and this not as we hoped, but their own selves they gave first to the Lord and to us by the will of God;
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so that we exhorted Titus, that, even as he before began, so he would also complete as to you this grace also;
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but as ye abound in everything, faith and word and knowledge and all diligence and love from you to us, [see] that ye abound in this grace also.
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I speak not by way of commandment, but through the diligence of others proving the genuineness of your love also.
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For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sakes he being rich became poor, in order that ye by his poverty might become rich.
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And I give an opinion in this, for this is profitable for you who began before not only the doing, but also to be willing a year ago.
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But now also complete the doing, that even as the readiness of the willing [was there], so also the completing [may be] out of what ye have.
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For if the readiness be there, [one is] accepted according to what he may have, not according to what he hath not.
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For [it is] not that others [should have] ease and you distress,
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but on equality: at the present time your abundance for their lack, that their abundance also should be for your lack, so that there should be equality;
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as it is written, He that [gathered] much had nothing over, and he that [gathered] little had no lack.
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But thanks to God that giveth the same zeal for you in the heart of Titus,
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in that he received indeed the exhortation, but being very zealous of his own accord he set out unto you.
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But we sent together with him the brother whose praise in the gospel [is] through all the assemblies,
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and not only [so] but also chosen by the assemblies our fellow-traveller with this grace that is being administered by us unto the glory of the Lord [himself] and our readiness;
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guarding against this, lest any should blame us in this abundance that is being administered by us,
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for we provide things honourable not only before [the] Lord but also before men.
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And we have sent with them our brother whom we proved to be zealous by great confidence that [he hath] in you.
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Whether as regards Titus, [he is] my partner and fellow-labourer toward you; whether our brethren, [they are] messengers of assemblies, Christ’s glory.
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The shewing forth then of your love and of our boasting for you shew forth unto them in the face of the assemblies.