2 Corinthians 8
He stirreth them up to a liberal contribution for the poor saints at Jerusalem, by the example of the Macedonians,
2 Corinthians 8:1 I do you to wyt brethren, of the grace of God, which is geuen in the congregacyons of Macedonia, 2 Corinthians 8:2 howe that the aboundaunce of theyr reioysynge is, that they are tryed with muche trybulacyon. And therto thoughe they were excedynge poore, yet haue they geuen excedynge richelye, and that in synglenesse. 2 Corinthians 8:3 For to theyr powers (I beare recorde) ye and beyonde theyr power, they were wyllynge of theyr owne accorde, 2 Corinthians 8:4 & prayed vs with great instaunce that we would receyue theyr benefyte, and suffer them to be partakers with other in mynystrynge to the saynctes. 2 Corinthians 8:5 And thys they dyd, not as we loked for: but gaue theyr owne selues fyrste to the Lorde, and after vnto vs by the wyl of God: 2 Corinthians 8:6 so that we coulde not but desyre Titus to accomplyshe the same beneuolence amonge you also, euen as he had begonne.
by commendation of their former forwardness,
2 Corinthians 8:7 Nowe therfore, as ye are ryche in al partties in fayth, in worde, in knoweledge, in all feruentnes, and in loue, which ye haue to vs: euen so se that ye be plenteous in thys beneuolence. 2 Corinthians 8:8 Thys saye I not as commaundyng: but because other are so feruente, therfore proue I youre loue, whether it be perfecte or no.
by the example of Christ,
2 Corinthians 8:9 Ye knowe the lyberalytie of oure Lorde Iesus Christe, whiche though he were ryche, yet for youre sakes became pore that ye thorowe hys pouertye myght be made ryche. 2 Corinthians 8:10 And I geue counsell hereto. For thys is expediente for you, whiche beganne, not to do onelye, but also to wyll, a yeare a go. 2 Corinthians 8:11 Nowe therfore performe the dede: that as there was in you a redynes to wyll, euen so ye may performe the dede of that whiche ye haue. 2 Corinthians 8:12 For yf there be fyrste a wyllynge mynde, it is accepted accordyng to that a man hath, and not accordynge to that he hath not. 2 Corinthians 8:13 It is not my mynde that other be set at ease, and ye broughte into combraunce:
and by the spiritual profit that shall redound to themselves thereby:
2 Corinthians 8:14 but þt there be equalnes nowe at thys tyme, þt youre aboundaunce succoure theyr lacke: that theyr aboundaunce maye supplye youre lacke: 2 Corinthians 8:15 that there may be equalitie, agreyng to that which is wryten. He that gathered muche, had neuer the more aboundaunce, and he that gathered lyttell had neuerthelesse.
commending to them the integrity and willingness of Titus, and those other brethren, who upon his request, exhortation, and commendation, were purposely come to them for this business.
2 Corinthians 8:16 Thankes be vnto God, which put in the hert of Titus the same good mynde towarde you. 2 Corinthians 8:17 For he accepted þe requeste, yea rather he was so well willyng þt of hys owne accorde he came vnto you. 2 Corinthians 8:18 We haue sente with him that brother whose lande is the Gospell thorowe out all the congregacyons, 2 Corinthians 8:19 and not so onely, but is also chosen of the congregacyons to be a felowe with vs in oure iorneye concernynge thys beneuolence that is ministred by vs vnto the prayse of the Lorde, and to stere vp youre prompte mynde. 2 Corinthians 8:20 For this we eschue, that anye man shoulde rebuke vs in thys plentuous distribucyon, þt is ministred by vs, 2 Corinthians 8:21 and therfore make prouision for honest thynges, not in the syghte of God onelye, but also in the syght of men. 2 Corinthians 8:22 We haue sent with them a brother of ours whome we haue oftentimes proued diligente in many thinges, but now much more diligent. 2 Corinthians 8:23 The greate confydence whiche I haue in you hath caused me thus to do, partely for Tytus sake, whiche is my felowe and helper as concernynge you, partely because of other which are oure brethren, and the messengers of the congregacyons, and the glorye of Christe. 2 Corinthians 8:24 Wherfore shewe vnto them the profe of your loue, and of the reioysynge that we haue of you, that the congregacyons maye se it.