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1Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God which hath been given in the churches of Macedonia; 2how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3For according to their power, I bear witness, yea and beyond their power, they gaveof their own accord, 4beseeching us with much entreaty in regard of this grace and the fellowship in the ministering to the saints: 5and this, not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God. 6Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he had made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace also. 7But as ye abound in everything, infaith, and utterance, and knowledge, and inall earnestness, and inyour love to us, seethat ye abound in this grace also. 8I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love. 9For 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 become rich. 10And herein I give myjudgment: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to make a beginning a year ago, not only to do, but also to will. 11But now complete the doing also; that as there wasthe readiness to will, so there may bethe completion also out of your ability. 12For if the readiness is there, it isacceptable according as a manhath, not according as hehath not. 13For I saynot this, that others may be eased, andye distressed: 14but by equality; your abundance being a supplyat this present time for their want, that their abundance also may become a supplyfor your want; that there may be equality: 15as it is written, He that gatheredmuch had nothing over; and he that gatheredlittle had no lack. 16But thanks be to God, which putteth the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus. 17For indeed he accepted our exhortation; but being himself very earnest, he went forth unto you of his own accord. 18And we have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the gospel is spreadthrough all the churches; 19and not only so, but who was also appointed by the churches to travel with us in the matter ofthis grace, which is ministered by us to the glory of the Lord, and to shewour readiness: 20Avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the matter ofthis bounty which is ministered by us: 21for we take thought for things honourable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have many times proved earnest in many things, but now much more earnest, by reason of the great confidence which he hathin you. 23Whether any inquireabout Titus, he ismy partner and myfellow-worker to you-ward; or our brethren, they arethe messengers of the churches, they arethe glory of Christ. 24Shew ye therefore unto them in the face of the churches the proof of your love, and of our glorying on your behalf.

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This translation was first published in 1885. This public domain Bible translation is brought to you courtesy of eBible.org.

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