1Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters,#8:1 Greek brothers. what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 3For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.#8:4 Greek for God’s holy people. 5They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.