Now, brethren, we want you to know about the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,
When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts;
A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and begging him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. No, I worked harder than all of themyet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them.
lest if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, wenot to say anything about you would be ashamed of having been so confident.
For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.
And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
For this end I labor, striving with all his energy, which so mightily works within me.
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.