“And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.”
King James Version (KJV)
8:5 And not as we hoped - That is, beyond all we could hope. They gave themselves to us, by the will of God - In obedience to his will, to be wholly directed by us.
2Co 8:5 And [this they did], not as we had hoped. The thought is that they exceeded our hope. They consecrated themselves, and hence, held that all they had was the Lord's. When church members give their own selves to the Lord, there will be no complaint that their money is withheld.