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2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Context
Completing the Collection for the Saints

8:1 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, 1  the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, 8:2 that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth 2  of their generosity. 8:3 For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, 3  8:4 begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping 4  the saints. 8:5 And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

1 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:8.

2 tn Or “riches.”

3 tn Or “spontaneously.”

4 tn Or “of ministering to.”



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