16But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you.
17For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going4 to you of his own accord.
18With him we are sending5 the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.
19And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will.
20We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us,
21for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.
22And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you.
23As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers6 of the churches, the glory of Christ.
24So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
1 Or brothers and sisters
2 The Greek word charis can mean favor or grace or thanks, depending on the context