He exhorts them to contribute bountifully to relieve the poor
1 Now we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been
given in the churches of Macedonia:
2 That in much experience of tribulation they have had abundance of joy,
and their very deep poverty hath abounded unto the riches of their simplicity:
3 For according to their power I bear them witness, and beyond their power
they were willing,
4 With much intreaty begging of us the grace and communication of the ministry
that is done towards the saints.
5 And not as we hoped, but they gave their own-selves first to the Lord,
then to us by the will of God;
6 Insomuch, that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so also he would
finish in you this same grace.
7 That as in all things you abound in faith, and word, and knowledge, and
all carefulness; moreover also in your charity towards us; so in this grace also you may abound.
8 I speak not as commanding: but by the carefulness of others, approving
also the good disposition of your charity.
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that being rich, he
became poor for your sakes: that through his poverty you might be rich.
10 And in this I give counsel: for this is profitable for you, who have
begun not only to do, but also to be willing a year ago:
11 Now, therefore, perform it ye also in deed: that, as your mind is forward
to be willing, so it may be also to perform, out of that which you have.
12 For if the will be forward, it is accepted according to that which it
hath, not according to that which it hath not.
13 For I mean not that others should have ease, and you distress:
but by an equality.
14 In this present time let your abundance supply their want: that their
abundance also may supply your want, that there may be an equality, as it is written:
15 *He that had much, had nothing over: and he that had little, had no
16 And thanks be to God, who hath given the same carefulness for you in
the heart of Titus.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation: but being more careful, of his
own will he went unto you.
18 We have sent also with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel
through all the churches:
19 And not that only, but he was also ordained by the churches companion
of our travels, for this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord, and our determined will:
20 Avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which
is administered by us.
21 *For we provide good things, not only before God, but also before men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother also, whom we have often proved
diligent in many things: but now much more diligent, with much confidence in you,
23 Either for Titus, who is my companion and fellow-labourer towards you,
or our brethren, the apostles of the churches, the glory of Christ.
24 Wherefore shew ye to them, in the sight of the churches, the evidence
of your charity, and of our boasting on your behalf.
15: Exodus xvi. 18.
21: Romans xii. 17.