Amplified Bible

2 Corinthians 8

Great Generosity

1Now, brothers and sisters, we want to tell you about the grace of God which has been evident in the churches of Macedonia [awakening in them a longing to contribute]; for during an ordeal of severe distress, their abundant joy and their deep poverty [together] overflowed in the wealth of their lavish generosity. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave voluntarily, begging us insistently for the privilege of participating in the service for [the support of] the saints [in Jerusalem]. Not only [did they give materially] as we had hoped, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us [as His representatives] by the will of God [disregarding their personal interests and giving as much as they possibly could]. So we urged Titus that, as he began it, he should also complete this gracious work among you as well.

But just as you excel in everything, [and lead the way] in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in genuine concern, and in your love for us, see that you excel in this gracious work [of giving] also. I am not saying this as a command [to dictate to you], but to prove, by [pointing out] the enthusiasm of others, the sincerity of your love as well. For you are recognizing [more clearly] the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [His astonishing kindness, His generosity, His gracious favor], that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich (abundantly blessed). 10 I give you my opinion in this matter: this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to take action [to help the believers in Jerusalem], but also [the first] to desire to do it. 11 So now finish this, so that your eagerness in desiring it may be equaled by your completion of it, according to your ability. 12 For if the eagerness [to give] is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For it is not [intended] that others be relieved [of their responsibility] and that you be [a]burdened [unfairly], but [b]that there be equality [in sharing the burden]— 14 at this present time your surplus [over necessities] is going to supply their need, so that [at some other time] their surplus may be given to supply your need, that there may be equality; 15 as it is written [in Scripture], “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not lack.”

16 But thanks be to God who puts the same genuine concern for you in the heart of Titus. 17 For Titus not only accepted our appeal, but was so very interested in you that he has gone to visit you of his own accord. 18 And we have sent along with him the [c]brother who is praised in the gospel [ministry] throughout all the churches; 19 and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in regard to this gracious offering which we are administering for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our eagerness [as believers to help one another]. 20 We are taking precaution so that no one will [find anything with which to] discredit us in our administration of this generous gift. 21 For we have regard for what is honorable [and above suspicion], 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 to be diligent in many things, but who is now even more diligent [than ever] because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker in your service; and as for the [other two] brothers, they are [special] [d]messengers of the churches, a glory and credit to Christ. 24 Therefore, show these men, in the sight of the churches, the proof of your love and our reason for being proud of you.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:13 Lit afflicted.
  2. 2 Corinthians 8:13 Lit from equality.
  3. 2 Corinthians 8:18 The identity of this man is unknown—perhaps it was Luke.
  4. 2 Corinthians 8:23 Lit apostles, but not a reference to the original apostles.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多後書 8

鼓勵信徒慷慨捐助

1弟兄姊妹,我們現在要讓你們知道上帝向馬其頓各教會所施的恩典。 他們雖然遭遇極大的患難,受盡熬煉,卻充滿了喜樂,在極度貧窮的情況下仍然十分慷慨樂捐。 我可以證明,他們是甘心樂意,盡其所能地捐助,甚至超過了自己的能力。 他們懇切地求我們准許他們與有需要的聖徒分享上帝的恩典。 他們這樣做超過了我們的期望,並且他們按照上帝的旨意首先把自己獻給主,然後獻給我們。

所以,我們勸提多要繼續完成他早先在你們當中開始的這件善事。 你們既然在信心、口才、知識、熱心和對我們的愛心上都有突出的表現,也要在這件善事上有突出的表現。 我說這話並非命令你們,而是藉著別人的熱心考驗一下你們愛心的真偽。 因為你們知道我們主耶穌基督的恩典,祂本來富足,卻為你們的緣故變得貧窮,使你們藉著祂的貧窮可以變得富足。

10 關於捐助的事,我把自己的意見告訴你們:你們一年前開始捐助,並且甘心樂意——這對你們有益。 11 你們現在要把它完成。你們既有懇切願意的心,就要有始有終。 12 因為人只要按自己的能力甘心樂意地去做,必蒙上帝悅納,上帝不會強求人做無法做的事。 13 這不是說要別人脫離困境,要你們陷入困境,乃是要均平。 14 現在你們這些富足的人可以幫補那些有需要的人,以便你們有需要的時候,那些富足的人也可以幫補你們,這樣才均平。 15 正如聖經上說:「多拾的沒有剩餘,少拾的也沒有缺乏。」

託人送捐款

16 感謝上帝!祂感動了提多的心,使他像我一樣熱誠地關懷你們。 17 這固然是他聽了我們的勸告,但也是他自己非常熱誠,自願去你們那裡。 18 我們還要派一位弟兄和他同去,這位弟兄在傳福音的事上得到各地教會的讚許。 19 此外,他還受各教會的委派,與我們一同把捐款送往耶路撒冷,使主得榮耀,並表明我們熱誠相助的心。 20 我們這樣做是為了避免有人挑我們的不是,因我們經手的捐款數目可觀。 21 無論在主面前或在人面前,我們務求行事為人光明磊落。

22 我們還要再派一位弟兄和他們一同去你們那裡。我們經過多次多方的考驗,證實他很熱心,而且他因為十分信任你們,現在更熱心了。 23 至於提多,他是我的同伴,與我一同服侍你們。另外兩位弟兄是眾教會的代表,是基督的榮耀。 24 所以,你們要在眾教會面前向他們證明你們的愛心,以及我誇耀你們的話並非虛言。