“How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.”
King James Version (KJV)
8:2 In a great trial of affliction - Being continually persecuted, harassed, and plundered.
2Co 8:2 That in a great trial of affliction. The language seems to imply persecution. This might have been an excuse for not giving, if they had sought one. See Ac 17:6 1Th 2:14. The abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded. But, still, their joy in the gospel and their poverty combined so that they contributed with great liberality.