For I know your eagerness, and I brag about you to the Macedonians: "Achaia has been prepared since last year," and your zeal has stirred up most of them.
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia:
during a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity.
I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability,
they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints,
and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will.
Therefore, before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our boasting about you.
What I say in this matter of boasting, I don't speak as the Lord would, but foolishly.