THE SECOND EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
2 Corinthians 9 ©
1 The apostle testifies that he is sufficiently assured of the inclination of the Corinthians to the promoting of this collection. 3 And gives reason why he has sent the aforementioned brethren unto them beforehand, namely, that all things may be ready when he shall come. 6 Exhorts them to give liberally and willingly by divers reasons, taken from God’s liberal blessing, love, and grace upon them that shall sow liberally. 11 And from the thanksgiving that shall be made for it to God by them who shall be partakers of their liberality. 14 And from the prayers which they shall make for them to God.
FOR asa touching 1the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me 2to write to you:
For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that 3Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
Yet have I sent 4the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye 5may be ready:
Lest haply if 6they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed 7in this same confident boasting.
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up 8beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, 9as a matter of bounty, and not 10as of covetousness.
But this I say, Heb which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth 11bountifully shall 12reap also bountifully.
Every man according as he 13purposeth in his heart, so let him give; notc grudgingly, or 14of necessity: ford God loveth a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make 15all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having 16all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
(As it is 17written, Hee hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: 18his righteousness 19remaineth for ever.
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower 20both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your 21righteousness;)
Being enriched in every thing to all 22bountifulness, which 23causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
For the administration of this 24service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
Whiles by 25the experimentf of this ministration they glorify God for 26your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
And by 27their prayer for you, which 28long after you 29for the exceeding grace of God in you.
30Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.