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Encouragement to be Generous


2 Corinthians 8:1-15

1 We do you also to wit, brethren, of the grace of God bestowed upon the Churches of Macedonia,

2 Because in great trial of affliction their joy abounded, and their most extreme poverty abounded unto their rich liberality.

3 For to their power (I bear record) yea, and beyond their power they were willing,

4 And prayed us with great instance that we would receive the grace, and fellowship of the ministering which is toward the Saints.

5 And this they did, not as we looked for, but gave their ownselves, first to the Lord, and after unto us by the will of God,

6 That we should exhort Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also accomplish the same grace among you also.

7 Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith and word, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love towards us, even so see that ye abound in this grace also.

8 This say I not by commandment, but because of the diligence of others, therefore prove I the naturalness of your love.

9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he being rich, for your sakes became poor, that ye through his poverty might be made rich.

10 And I shew my mind herein, for this is expedient for you, which have begun not to do only, but also to will, a year ago.

11 Now therefore perform to do it also, that as there was a readiness to will, even so ye may perform it of that which ye have.

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 Neither is it that other men should be eased and you grieved;

14 But upon like condition, at this time your abundance supplieth their lack; that also their abundance may be for your lack, that there may be equality;

15 As it is written, He that gathered much, had nothing over, and he that gathered little, had not the less. 



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