For if there be first a willing mind, it is
accepted according to that a man hath, and
not according to that he hath not.
For I mean
not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
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:
As it is written, He that had gathered
much had nothing over; and he that had gathered
little had no lack.
But thanks be
to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is
in the gospel throughout all the churches;
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:
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
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
Whether any do inquire
of Titus, he is
my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are
the messengers of the churches, and
the glory of Christ.
Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.