I must tell you, brothers, how the favor of God has been shown in the churches of Macedonia,
When he reached there and saw the favor God had shown them, he was delighted, and encouraged them all to be resolute and steadfast in their devotion to the Lord,
There Paul had a vision one night; a Macedonian was standing appealing to him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
For Macedonia and Greece have determined to make a contribution for the poor among God's people in Jerusalem.
But by God's favor I have become what I am, and the favor he showed me has not gone for nothing, but I have worked harder than any of them, although it was not really I but the favor God showed me.
for in spite of a severe ordeal of trouble, their extraordinary gladness, combined with their extreme poverty, has overflowed in a wealth of generosity.
for I know how willing you are to help in it; I boast of you for it to the people in Macedonia, telling them that Greece has been ready since last year, and your enthusiasm has been a stimulus to most of them.
for if some people from Macedonia come with me, and find that you are not ready, it will humiliate me??o say nothing of you??or having expressed such confidence.
For the rendering of this service does more than supply the wants of God's people; it results in a wealth of thanksgiving to God.
And when I was with you and wanted money, I did not burden any of you, for when the brothers came from Macedonia they supplied what I needed. So I kept myself, as I shall always do, from being a burden to you in any way.
To me, the very least of all his people, this favor has been given, of preaching to the heathen the inexhaustible wealth of the Christ,
That is what I am working for, fighting with all the energy with which he so mightily endows me.
so that you set an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Greece.