For if any Macedonians should come with me and find you unprepared, we, not to mention you, would be embarrassed in that situation.
For if I have made any boast to him about you, I have not been embarrassed; but as I have spoken everything to you in truth, so our boasting to Titus has also turned out to be the truth.
So we urged Titus that, just as he had begun, so he should also complete this grace to you.
For he accepted our urging and, being very diligent, went out to you by his own choice.
With him we have sent the brother who is praised throughout the churches for his gospel ministry.
And not only that, but he was also appointed by the churches to accompany us with this gift that is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our eagerness [to help].
We are taking this precaution so no one can find fault with us concerning this large sum administered by us.
For we are making provision for what is honorable, not only before the Lord but also before men.
We have also sent with them our brother whom we have often tested, in many circumstances, and found diligent-- and now even more diligent because of his great confidence in you.
As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker serving you; as for our brothers, they are the messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
Therefore, before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our boasting about you.
Therefore I considered it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance the generous gift you promised, so that it will be ready as a gift and not an extortion.
Now about the collection for the saints: you should do the same as I instructed the Galatian churches.
On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save to the extent that he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.
And when I arrive, I will send those whom you recommend by letter to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem.
If it is also suitable for me to go, they will travel with me.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,