IV. The Apostle's Fellowship concerning
the Ministry to the Needy Saints
A. The Grace from Four Parties
1 Furthermore we make known to you, brothers, the 1agrace of God which has been given in the churches of bMacedonia,
2 That in much 1proving of affliction the abundance of their joy and the depth of their apoverty abounded unto the riches of their 2bliberality;
3 That according to their power, I testify, and beyond their power, aof their own accord,
4 With much entreaty they besought of us the 1grace and the fellowship of the aministry to the saints;
5 And this, not as we had hoped, but they agave themselves 1first to the Lord, 2and to us 3through the will of God.
6 So we entreated aTitus that, even as he began before, so also he would complete for you this 1bgrace 2as well.
7 But just as you aabound in everything, in faith and in 1word and in bknowledge and in all 2cearnestness and in 3the love in you 4from us, abound in this 5grace also.
8 I am anot speaking by way of command but through the earnestness of others, proving also the genuineness of your love.
9 For you know the 1agrace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, for your sakes He became poor in order that you, because of His poverty, might become brich.
10 And I give my 1aopinion in this matter, for this is profitable for you who were the first to begin ba year ago not only to do this but even to intend to do this.
11 But now complete also the doing, so that as there was the aeagerness in intending, so also there would be the completing out of what you bhave.
12 For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have.
13 For it is not that to others there would be relief, yet to you affliction,
14 But it is out of equality; at the present time your abundance for their alack that their abundance also may be for your lack, so that there may be equality;
15 As it is written, 1a"He who gathered much had no excess, and he who gathered little had no lack.''