Pristine Grace

2 Cor 8:1-24, (KJV)
1  Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
3  For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
4  Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
5  And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
6  Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
7  Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
8  I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
9  For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
10  And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.
11  Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
12  For it there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
13  For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
14  But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
15  As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
16  But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
17  For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
18  And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
19  And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:
20  Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
21  Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
22  And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.
23  Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.
24  Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

2 Cor 8:1-24, (MKJV)
1  And, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given among the churches of Macedonia;
2  that in much testing of trouble, the overflowing of their joy, and the depth of their poverty, abounded to the riches of their generosity.
3  For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability; they gave willingly;
4  with much beseeching, begging us that they might receive of us the grace and the fellowship of the ministry to the saints.
5  And not as we hoped, but first they gave themselves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God,
6  for us to call on Titus, that even as he began before, so he would also complete this grace to you also.
7  But even as you abound in everything, in faith, and in word, and in knowledge, and in all earnestness, and in your love to us; you should abound in this grace also.
8  I do not speak according to command, but through the eagerness of others, and testing the trueness of your love.
9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, for your sakes He became poor, in order that you might be made rich through His poverty.
10  And in this I give my judgment; for this is profitable for you, who began before, not only to do, but also to be willing a year ago.
11  But now also finish the doing of it , so that, as there was a readiness to will, so also the finishing, giving out of what you have.
12  For if the eagerness is present, it is acceptable according to what one has, and not according to what one does not have.
13  For it is not that others may have ease, but you trouble;
14  but by equality in the present time; your abundance for their need, that their abundance also may be for your need; so that there may be equality;
15  as it is written, "He gathering much, he had nothing left over; and he gathering little did not have less."
16  But thanks be to God, who put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
17  For indeed he accepted the entreaty. But being more earnest, of his own accord he went to you.
18  And we have sent with him the brothers whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
19  and not only so , but also he having been chosen by the churches to travel with us with this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself, and as a witness of your eager mind;
20  avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us;
21  providing for honest things, not only before the Lord, but also before men.
22  And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved earnest in many things, but now much more earnest by the great confidence which I have in you.
23  If anyone inquires of Titus, he is my partner and fellow-worker for you, or of our brothers, they are the messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
24  Therefore show them a proof of your love and of our boasting toward you in the presence of the churches.

2 Cor 8:1-24, (NASB)
1  Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,
2  that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
3  For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord,
4  begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,
5  and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
6  So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.
7  But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.
8  I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
10  I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.
11  But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability.
12  For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.
13  For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality
14  at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality;
15  as it is written, "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack."
16  But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus.
17  For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord.
18  We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches;
19  and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness,
20  taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift;
21  for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
22  We have sent with them our brother, whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you.
23  As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ.
24  Therefore openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.

2 Cor 8:1-24, (LITV)
1  But, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given among the assemblies of Macedonia,
2  that in much testing of trouble, the overflowing of their joy and the depth of their poverty abounded to the riches of their generosity.
3  For I testify that according to their ability and beyond their ability, they willingly gave,
4  with much entreating, begging us to receive of us the grace and the fellowship of the ministry to the saints.
5  And not as we hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us through the will of God,
6  for us to call on Titus, that even as he began before, so also he might complete this grace to you also.
7  But even as you abound in everything, in faith, and in word, and in knowledge, and in all earnestness, and in your love in us, that you also should abound in this grace.
8  I do not speak according to command, but through the earnestness of others and testing the trueness of your love.
9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that being rich, He became poor for your sake, so that you might become rich by the poverty of that One.
10  And I give judgment in this, for this is profitable for you, who began before not only to do, but also to be willing from last year.
11  But now also finish the doing of it, so that even as there was the eagerness in the willing, so also the finishing, giving out of what you have.
12  For if the eagerness is present, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
13  For it is not that there may be ease to others, but trouble to you;
14  but by equality in the present time, your abundance for their need; but also that their abundance may be for your need, that there may be equality;
15  even as it has been written, "He gathering much, he had nothing left over, and he gathering little had no less." Ex. 16:18
16  But thanks be to God, who gives the same earnestness for you in the heart of Titus.
17  For truly he received the entreating, but being more earnest, he went out to you of his own accord.
18  But we sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the assemblies,
19  and not only so, but also he having been chosen by the assemblies as a traveling companion to us with this gift being ministered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself, and your eagerness,
20  avoiding this, lest anyone should blame us in this bounty being ministered by us;
21  providing right things not only before the Lord, but also before men. Prov. 3:4
22  And we sent with them our brother whom we often proved in many things to be earnest, and now much more earnest by the great assurance which I have toward you.
23  If any asks about Titus, he is my partner and a fellow worker for you; or about our brothers, they are messengers of the assemblies, the glory of Christ.
24  Then show them a proof of your love and of our boastings on your behalf, even in the sight of the assemblies.

John Gill Commentary

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