1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God which hath been given in the churches of Macedonia;
1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2 how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
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 according to their power, I bear witness, yea and beyond their power, (they gave) of their own accord,
3 For to [their] power, I bear record, yea, and beyond [their] power [they were] willing of themselves;
4 beseeching us with much entreaty in regard of this grace and the fellowship in the ministering to the saints:
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), not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
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 exhorted Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace also.
6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
7 But as ye abound in everything, (in) faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and (in) all earnestness, and (in) your love to us, (see) that ye abound in this 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 way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
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 become rich.
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) judgment: 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.
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 But now complete the doing also; that as (there was) the readiness to will, so (there may be) the completion also out of your ability.
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 the readiness is there, (it is) acceptable according as (a man) hath, not according as (he) hath not.
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 say) not (this) that others may be eased (and) ye distressed;
13 For [I mean] not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
14 but by equality: your abundance (being a supply) at this present time for their want, that their abundance also may become (a supply) for your want; that there may be equality:
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 (gathered) much had nothing over; and he that (gathered) little had no lack.
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, who putteth the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
16 But thanks [be] to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
17 For he accepted indeed our exhortation; but being himself very earnest, he went forth unto you of his own accord.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
18 And we have sent together with him the brother whose praise in the gospel (is spread) through all the churches;
18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise [is] in the gospel throughout all the churches;
19 and not only so, but who was also appointed by the churches to travel with us in (the matter of) this grace, which is ministered by us to the glory of the Lord, and (to show) our readiness:
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 any man should blame us in (the matter of) this bounty which is ministered by us:
20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
21 for we take thought for things honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
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 many times proved earnest in many things, but now much more earnest, by reason of the great confidence which (he hath) in you.
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 inquire) about Titus, (he is) my partner and (my) fellow-worker to you-ward, or our brethren, (they are) the messengers of the churches, (they are) the glory of Christ.
23 Whether [any do inquire] of Titus, [he is] my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren [be inquired of, they are] the messengers of the churches, [and] the glory of Christ.
24 Show ye therefore unto them in the face of the churches the proof of your love, and of our glorying on your behalf.
24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.