2 Corinthians 8:1-7 New International Version

The Offering for the Saints

8 1  And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2  In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord's people. 5  And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6  So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.

7  But since you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[1] -see that you also excel in this grace of giving.


[1] 8:7 Some manuscripts "and in your love for us"

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