7:1Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us purify ourselves from every pollution of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in God's fear.
7:2Receive us: we have injured no one, we have ruined no one, we have made gain of no one.
7:3I do not speak for condemnation, for I have already said that ye are in our hearts, to die together, and live together.
7:4Great is my boldness towards you, great my exulting in respect of you; I am filled with encouragement; I overabound in joy under all our affliction.
7:5For indeed, when we came into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way; without combats, within fears.
7:6But he who encourages those that are brought low, even God, encouraged us by the coming of Titus;
7:7and not by his coming only, but also through the encouragement with which he was encouraged as to you; relating to us your ardent desire, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I the more rejoiced.
7:9Now I rejoice, not that ye have been grieved, but that ye have been grieved to repentance; for ye have been grieved according to God, that in nothing ye might be injured by us.
7:10For grief according to God works repentance to salvation, never to be regretted; but the grief of the world works death.
7:11For, behold, this same thing, your being grieved according to God, how much diligence it wrought in *you*, but what excusing of yourselves, but what indignation, but what fear, but what ardent desire, but what zeal, but what vengeance: in every way ye have proved yourselves to be pure in the matter.
7:12So then, if also I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of him that injured, nor for the sake of him that was injured, but for the sake of our diligent zeal for you being manifested to you before God.
7:14Because if I boasted to him anything about you, I have not been put to shame; but as we have spoken to you all things in truth, so also our boasting to Titus has been the truth;
7:15and his affections are more abundantly towards you, calling to mind the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.
7:16I rejoice that in everything I am confident as to you.
8:1But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God bestowed in the assemblies of Macedonia;
8:2that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty has abounded to the riches of their free-hearted liberality.
8:3For according to their power, I bear witness, and beyond their power, they were willing of their own accord,
8:4begging of us with much entreaty to give effect to the grace and fellowship of the service which was to be rendered to the saints.
8:5And not according as we hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and to us by God's will.
8:7but even as ye abound in every way, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in love from you to us, that ye may abound in this grace also.
8:8I do not speak as commanding it, but through the zeal of others, and proving the genuineness of your love.
8:9For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sakes he, being rich, became poor, in order that *ye* by *his* poverty might be enriched.
8:10And I give my opinion in this, for this is profitable for you who began before, not only to do, but also to be willing, a year ago.
8:11But now also complete the doing of it; so that as there was the readiness to be willing, so also to complete out of what ye have.
8:12For if the readiness be there, a man is accepted according to what he may have, not according to what he has not.
8:13For it is not in order that there may be ease for others, and for you distress,
8:14but on the principle of equality; in the present time your abundance for their lack, that their abundance may be for your lack, so that there should be equality.
8:15According as it is written, He who gathered much had no excess, and he who gathered little was nothing short.
8:16But thanks be to God, who gives the same diligent zeal for you in the heart of Titus.
8:17For he received indeed the entreaty, but, being full of zeal, he went of his own accord to you;
8:18but we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the glad tidings through all the assemblies;
8:19and not only so, but is also chosen by the assemblies as our fellow-traveller with this grace, ministered by us to the glory of the Lord himself, and a witness of our readiness;
8:20avoiding this, that any one should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us;
8:21for we provide for things honest, not only before the Lord, but also before men.
8:22And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved to be of diligent zeal in many things, and now more diligently zealous through the great confidence he has as to you.
8:23Whether as regards Titus, he is my companion and fellow-labourer in your behalf; or our brethren, they are deputed messengers of assemblies, Christ's glory.
8:24Shew therefore to them, before the assemblies, the proof of your love, and of our boasting about you.
9:1For concerning the ministration which is for the saints, it is superfluous my writing to you.
9:2For I know your readiness, which I boast of as respects you to Macedonians, that Achaia is prepared since a year ago, and the zeal reported of you has stimulated the mass of the brethren.
9:3But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made void in this respect, in order that, as I have said, ye may be prepared;
9:4lest haply, if Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, *we*, that we say not *ye*, may be put to shame in this confidence.
9:5I thought it necessary therefore to beg the brethren that they would come to you, and complete beforehand your fore-announced blessing, that this may be ready thus as blessing, and not as got out of you.
9:6But this is true, he that sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that sows in the spirit of blessing shall reap also in blessing:
9:8But God is able to make every gracious gift abound towards you, that, having in every way always all-sufficiency, ye may abound to every good work:
9:9according as it is written, He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor, his righteousness remains for ever.
9:10Now he that supplies seed to the sower and bread for eating shall supply and make abundant your sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:
9:11enriched in every way unto all free-hearted liberality, which works through us thanksgiving to God.
9:12Because the ministration of this service is not only filling up the measure of what is lacking to the saints, but also abounding by many thanksgivings to God;
9:13they glorifying God through the proof of this ministration, by reason of your subjection, by profession, to the glad tidings of the Christ, and your free-hearted liberality in communicating towards them and towards all;
9:14and in their supplication for you, full of ardent desire for you, on account of the exceeding grace of God which is upon you.
9:15Thanks be to God for his unspeakable free gift.