1Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 7Therefore, 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. 8I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9For 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. 10And 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. 11Now 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. 12For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14But 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: 15As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 16But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19And 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: 20Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 21Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22And 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. 23Whether 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. 24Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
An ƙarfafa bayarwa
1To, ’yan’uwa, muna so ku san abin da alherin Allah ya ba wa ikkilisiyoyin Makidoniya. 2Gama sun sha wuya sosai saboda tsananin wahalar da suka shiga, har yawan farin cikinsu ya kai su ga yin alheri ta bayarwa ga waɗansu, ko da yake suna cikin tsananin talauci. 3Gama ina shaida cewa sun bayar daidai gwargwadon iyawarsu, har ma fiye da ƙarfinsu. Su kansu, 4sun roƙe mu sosai don su sami damar yin bayarwa a wannan hidima ga tsarkaka. 5Ba su yi yadda muka za tă ba, sai ma suka fara ba da kansu ga Ubangiji, sa’an nan sai suka ba da kansu gare mu bisa ga nufin Allah. 6Ganin haka sai muka roƙi Titus, da yake shi ne ya riga ya tsiro da wannan aikin alheri a cikinku, sai yă ƙarasa shi. 7To, da yake kun fiffita a kowane abu cikin bangaskiya, cikin magana, cikin sani, cikin dukan ƙwazo, da kuma cikin ƙaunarku dominmu, sai ku fiffita a wannan aikin alheri ma.
8Ba umarni nake ba ku ba, sai dai ina so in gwada gaskiyar ƙaunarku ne, ta wurin kwatanta ta da aniyar waɗansu. 9Gama kun san alherin Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi cewa ko da yake shi mawadaci ne, duk da haka, ya zama matalauci saboda ku, domin ta wurin talaucinsa, ku zama mawadata.
10Ga shawarata a kan abin da ya fi muku kyau a wannan al’amari. Bara ku kuka fara bayarwa, kuka kuma zama na farko wajen niyyar yin haka. 11Yanzu sai ku ƙarasa aikin da irin niyyar da kuka fara, ku yi haka gwargwadon ƙarfinku. 12Gama in da niyyar bayarwa, za a karɓi bayarwa bisa ga abin da mutum yake da shi, ba bisa ga abin da ba shi da shi ba.
13Ba nufi nake yi a sawwaƙe wa waɗansu, ku kuwa a jibga muku nauyin ba. Amma ya yi kyau dai 14a raba daidai wa daida, sai ku taimake su a yanzu da yalwarku saboda rashinsu. Wata rana su ma su taimake ku da yalwarsu saboda rashinku, don a daidaita al’amari, 15kamar yadda yake a rubuce cewa, “Wanda ya tara da yawa, bai tara fiye da bukatarsa ba, wanda kuma ya tara kaɗan, bai kāsa masa ba.”8.15 Fit 16.18
An aika Titus zuwa Korint
16Ina gode wa Allah, wanda ya sa a zuciyar Titus, irin kula da nake da shi dominku. 17Ba kawai ya yarda yă je wurinku kamar yadda muka roƙe shi yă yi ba, amma ya so yă zo kamar yadda ya riga ya yi niyya. 18Ga shi mun aiko ɗan’uwanmu nan tare da shi, wanda ikkilisiyoyi duka suna yabo saboda hidimarsa ga bishara. 19Ba kuwa haka kaɗai ba, har ma ikkilisiyoyi sun zaɓe shi yă riƙa tafiya tare da mu kan wannan aikin alheri da muke yi saboda ɗaukakar Ubangiji, da kuma nuna kyakkyawar niyyarmu. 20Muna gudu kada wani yă zarge mu, a kan yadda muke gudanar da wannan kyautar da aka bayar hannu sake. 21Gama muna iya ƙoƙari mu yi abin da yake daidai, ba a gaban Ubangiji kaɗai ba, amma a gaban mutane ma.
22Ban da wannan kuma, mun aiko da ɗan’uwanmu tare da su, wanda ya sha tabbatar mana da ƙwazonsa ta hanyoyi iri-iri, musamman yanzu, domin ya amince da ku da gaske. 23Game da Titus kuma, shi abokin tarayyata ne, da kuma abokin aikina a cikinku; game da ’yan’uwanmu kuwa, su wakilai ne na ikkilisiyoyi, kuma su masu ɗaukaka Kiristi ne. 24Saboda haka, ku nuna wa waɗannan mutane shaidar ƙaunarku, da kuma dalilin taƙamarmu da ku, domin ikkilisiyoyi su gani.