but was chosen by the churches to accompany me with this collection; which service I undertook for the sake of Christ, and to encourage your generous design.
and when I come, I shall send such as you shall approve of, who will convey letters, and your kind present to Jerusalem.
for all things are for your sakes, that the grace which was conferr'd upon many, might by the gratitude of so many, redound to the glory of God.
wherefore, brethren, chuse out of your number seven persons of good reputation, full of the holy spirit and wisdom, who may have the management of this affair:
Then the apostles, the presbyters, and the whole church thought it proper to select some out of their own body to accompany Paul and Barnabas to Antioch: such as Judas surnam'd Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,
we unanimously judg'd it proper to send particular deputies to you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
I must acquaint you, brethren, with the contribution which the churches of Macedonia have religiously made,
I therefore desired Titus, as he had begun, to finish this contribution among you.
and God is able to make every charitable gift redound to your advantage; that being always sufficiently supply'd in every thing, you may excel in every good work:
for the execution of this charitable office, does not only supply the necessities of the converts, but by the thanksgivings of many redounds also to the glory of God.
I have now receiv'd the whole, and have more than sufficient: I am loaded with the presents you sent by Epaphroditus, which I have receiv'd as grateful incense, as a sacrifice which God accepts and approves.
as good economists of the different dispensations of God, communicate to one another the gifts you have receiv'd.