7:1¤ Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.
7:2Receive us. We have injured no man: we have corrupted no man: we have overreached no man.
7:3I speak not this to your condemnation. For we have said before that you are in our hearts: to die together and to live together.
7:4Great is my confidence for you: great is my glorying for you. I am filled with comfort: I exceedingly abound with joy in all our tribulation.
7:5For also, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest: but we suffered all tribulation. Combats without: fears within.
7:6But God, who comforteth the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus.
7:7And not by his coming only, but also by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, relating to us your desire, your mourning, your zeal for me: so that I rejoiced the more.
7:8For although I made you sorrowful by my epistle, I do not repent. And if I did repent, seeing that the same epistle (although but for a time) did make you sorrowful,
7:9Now I am glad: not because you were made sorrowful, but because you were made sorrowful unto penance. For you were made sorrowful according to God, that you might suffer damage by us in nothing.
7:10For the sorrow that is according to God worketh penance, steadfast unto salvation: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
7:11For behold this selfsame thing, that you were made sorrowful according to God, how great carefulness it worketh in you: yea defence, yea indignation, yea fear, yea desire, yea zeal, yea revenge. In all things you have shewed yourselves to be undefiled in the matter.
7:12Wherefore although I wrote to you, it was not for his sake that I did the wrong, nor for him that suffered it: but to manifest our carefulness that we have for you before God:
7:13Therefore we were comforted. But in our consolation we did the more abundantly rejoice for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
7:14And if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been put to shame: but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our boasting that was made to Titus is found a truth.
7:15And his bowels are more abundantly towards you: remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
7:16I rejoice that in all things I have confidence in you.
8:1¤ Now we make known unto you, brethren, the grace of God that hath been given in the churches of Macedonia.
8:2That in much experience of tribulation, they have had abundance of joy and their very deep poverty hath abounded unto the riches of their simplicity.
8:3For according to their power (I bear them witness) and beyond their power, they were willing:
8:4With much entreaty begging of us the grace and communication of the ministry that is done toward the saints.
8:5And not as we hoped: but they gave their own selves, first to the Lord, then to us by the will of God;
8:6Insomuch, that we desired Titus, that, as he had begun, so also he would finish among you this same grace.
8:7That 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.
8:8I speak not as commanding: but by the carefulness of others, approving also the good disposition of your charity.
8:9For 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.
8:10And herein I give my advice: for this is profitable for you who have begun not only to do but also to be willing, a year ago.
8:11Now therefore perform ye it 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.
8:12For if the will be forward, it is accepted according to that which a man hath: not according to that which he hath not.
8:13For I mean not that others should be eased and you burdened,
8:14But by an equality. In this present time let your abundance supply their want, that their abundance also may supply your want: that there may be an equality,
8:15As it is written: He that had much had nothing over; and he that had little had no want.
8:16And thanks be to God, who hath given the same carefulness for you in the heart of Titus.
8:17For indeed he accepted the exhortation: but, being more careful, of his own will he went unto you.
8:18We have sent also with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel through all the churches.
8:19And 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:
8:20Avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us.
8:21For we forecast what may be good, not only before God but also before men.
8:22And 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,
8:23Either for Titus, who is my companion and fellow labourer towards you, or our brethren, the apostles of the churches, the glory of Christ.
8:24Wherefore shew ye to them, in the sight of the churches, the evidence of your charity and of our boasting on your behalf.
9:1¤ For concerning the ministry that is done towards the saints, it is superfluous for me to write unto you.
9:2For I know your forward mind: for which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia also is ready from the year past. And your emulation hath provoked very many.
9:3Now I have sent the brethren, that the thing which we boast of concerning you be not made void in this behalf, that (as I have said) you may be ready:
9:4Lest, when the Macedonians shall come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to say ye) should be ashamed in this matter.
9:5Therefore I thought it necessary to desire the brethren that they would go to you before and prepare this blessing before promised, to be ready, so as a blessing, not as covetousness.
9:6Now this I say: He who soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly: and he who soweth in blessings shall also reap blessings.
9:7Every one as he hath determined in his heart, not with sadness or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
9:8And God is able to make all grace abound in you: that ye always, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work,
9:9As it is written: He hath dispersed abroad, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth for ever.
9:10And he that ministereth seed to the sower will both give you bread to eat and will multiply your seed and increase the growth of the fruits of your justice:
9:11That being enriched in all things, you may abound unto all simplicity which worketh through us thanksgiving to God.
9:12Because the administration of this office doth not only supply the want of the saints, but aboundeth also by many thanksgivings in the Lord.
9:13By the proof of this ministry, glorifying God for the obedience of your confession unto the gospel of Christ and for the simplicity of your communicating unto them and unto all.
9:14And in their praying for you, being desirous of you, because of the excellent grace of God in you.
9:15Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.