Administering the Gift
1Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;
2for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.
3Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready;
4lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this 9:4 NU confidence.confident boasting.
5Therefore I thought it necessary to 9:5 encourageexhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a 9:5 Lit. covetousnessgrudging obligation.
The Cheerful Giver
6But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows 9:6 with blessingsbountifully will also reap 9:6 with blessingsbountifully.
7So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of 9:7 compulsionnecessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
9As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
10Now 9:10 NU omits maymay He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, 9:10 NU will supplysupply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
11while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
12For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
13while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,
14and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.
15Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!