2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 9 ©

1 Paul sheweth the reason why, though he knew the forwardness of the Corinthians, he had sent the brethren beforehand to make up their collections against his coming. 6 He stirreth them up to give bountifully and cheerfully, as a likely means to increase their store, 12 and as productive of many thanksgivings unto God.


FOR as touching athe ministering to bthe saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:


For I know cthe forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that dAchaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.


eYet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:


fLest *haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.


Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort gthe brethren, that they hwould go before unto you, and make up beforehand your 1bounty, 2whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and inot as of covetousness.


jBut this I say, kHe which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.


lEvery man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not mgrudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.


And nGod is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:


(As it is written, oHe hath dispersed *abroad; he hath given to the poor: his prighteousness remaineth for ever.


qNow he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)


rBeing enriched in every thing to all 3bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.


For the administration of this service not only ssupplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;


Whiles by the *experiment of this ministration they tglorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;


And uby their prayer for you, which long after you for the vexceeding grace of God in you.


wThanks be unto God for his xunspeakable gift.