7:1Having, then, these promises, beloved, may we cleanse ourselves from every pollution of flesh and spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God;
7:2receive us; no one did we wrong; no one did we waste; no one did we defraud;
7:3not to condemn you do I say it, for I have said before that in our hearts ye are to die with and to live with;
7:4great is my freedom of speech unto you, great my glory on your behalf; I have been filled with the comfort, I overabound with the joy on all our tribulation,
7:5for also we, having come to Macedonia, no relaxation hath our flesh had, but on every side we are in tribulation, without are fightings, within -- fears;
7:6but He who is comforting the cast-down -- God -- He did comfort us in the presence of Titus;
7:7and not only in his presence, but also in the comfort with which he was comforted over you, declaring to us your longing desire, your lamentation, your zeal for me, so that the more I did rejoice,
7:8because even if I made you sorry in the letter, I do not repent -- if even I did repent -- for I perceive that the letter, even if for an hour, did make you sorry.
7:9I now do rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye were made sorry to reformation, for ye were made sorry toward God, that in nothing ye might receive damage from us;
7:10for the sorrow toward God reformation to salvation not to be repented of doth work, and the sorrow of the world doth work death,
7:11for, lo, this same thing -- your being made sorry toward God -- how much diligence it doth work in you! but defence, but displeasure, but fear, but longing desire, but zeal, but revenge; in every thing ye did approve yourselves to be pure in the matter.
7:12If, then, I also wrote to you -- not for his cause who did wrong, nor for his cause who did suffer wrong, but for our diligence in your behalf being manifested unto you before God --
7:13because of this we have been comforted in your comfort, and more abundantly the more did we rejoice in the joy of Titus, that his spirit hath been refreshed from you all;
7:14because if anything to him in your behalf I have boasted, I was not put to shame; but as all things in truth we did speak to you, so also our boasting before Titus became truth,
7:15and his tender affection is more abundantly toward you, remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye did receive him;
7:16I rejoice, therefore, that in everything I have courage in you.
8:1And we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in the assemblies of Macedonia,
8:2because in much trial of tribulation the abundance of their joy, and their deep poverty, did abound to the riches of their liberality;
8:3because, according to their power, I testify, and above their power, they were willing of themselves,
8:4with much entreaty calling on us to receive the favour and the fellowship of the ministration to the saints,
8:5and not according as we expected, but themselves they did give first to the Lord, and to us, through the will of God,
8:6so that we exhorted Titus, that, according as he did begin before, so also he may finish to you also this favour,
8:7but even as in every thing ye do abound, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in your love to us, that also in this grace ye may abound;
8:8not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness,
8:9for ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that because of you he became poor -- being rich, that ye by that poverty may become rich.
8:10and an opinion in this do I give: for this to you is expedient, who not only to do, but also to will, did begin before -- a year ago,
8:11and now also finish doing it, that even as there is the readiness of the will, so also the finishing, out of that which ye have,
8:12for if the willing mind is present, according to that which any one may have it is well-accepted, not according to that which he hath not;
8:13for not that for others release, and ye pressured, do I speak,
8:14but by equality, at the present time your abundance -- for their want, that also their abundance may be for your want, that there may be equality,
8:15according as it hath been written, `He who did gather much, had nothing over; and he who did gather little, had no lack.'
8:16And thanks to God, who is putting the same diligence for you in the heart of Titus,
8:17because indeed the exhortation he accepted, and being more diligent, of his own accord he went forth unto you,
8:18and we sent with him the brother, whose praise in the good news is through all the assemblies,
8:19and not only so, but who was also appointed by vote by the assemblies, our fellow-traveller, with this favour that is ministered by us, unto the glory of the same Lord, and your willing mind;
8:20avoiding this, lest any one may blame us in this abundance that is ministered by us,
8:21providing right things, not only before the Lord, but also before men;
8:22and we sent with them our brother, whom we proved in many things many times being diligent, and now much more diligent, by the great confidence that is toward you,
8:23whether -- about Titus -- my partner and towards you fellow-worker, whether -- our brethren, apostles of assemblies -- glory of Christ;
8:24the shewing therefore of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf, to them shew ye, even in the face of the assemblies.
9:1For, indeed, concerning the ministration that is for the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you,
9:2for I have known your readiness of mind, which in your behalf I boast of to Macedonians, that Achaia hath been prepared a year ago, and the zeal of you did stir up the more part,
9:3and I sent the brethren, that our boasting on your behalf may not be made vain in this respect; that, according as I said, ye may be ready,
9:4lest if Macedonians may come with me, and find you unprepared, we -- we may be put to shame (that we say not -- ye) in this same confidence of boasting.
9:5Necessary, therefore, I thought it to exhort the brethren, that they may go before to you, and may make up before your formerly announced blessing, that this be ready, as a blessing, and not as covetousness.
9:6And this: He who is sowing sparingly, sparingly also shall reap; and he who is sowing in blessings, in blessings also shall reap;
9:7each one, according as he doth purpose in heart, not out of sorrow or out of necessity, for a cheerful giver doth God love,
9:8and God is able all grace to cause to abound to you, that in every thing always all sufficiency having, ye may abound to every good work,
9:9(according as it hath been written, `He dispersed abroad, he gave to the poor, his righteousness doth remain to the age,')
9:10and may He who is supplying seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
9:11in every thing being enriched to all liberality, which doth work through us thanksgiving to God,
9:12because the ministration of this service not only is supplying the wants of the saints, but is also abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
9:13through the proof of this ministration glorifying God for the subjection of your confession to the good news of the Christ, and for the liberality of the fellowship to them and to all,
9:14and by their supplication in your behalf, longing after you because of the exceeding grace of God upon you;
9:15thanks also to God for His unspeakable gift!