NASB — 2 Corinthians 9 — KJV

God Gives Most

1 For ait is superfluous for me to write to you about this bministry to the Isaints; 2 for I know your readiness, of which I aboast about you to the bMacedonians, [namely], that cAchaia has been prepared since dlast year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I have sent the brethren, in order that our aboasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, bas I was saying, you may be prepared; 4 otherwise if any aMacedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to speak of you—will be put to shame by this confidence. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the abrethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised Ibbountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a Icbountiful gift and not IIdaffected by covetousness.

[1] IOr holy ones a1Th 4:9 b2Co 8:4
[2] a2Co 7:4 bRo 15:26 cAc 18:12 d2Co 8:10
[3] a2Co 7:4 b1Co 16:2
[4] aRo 15:26
[5] ILit blessing IILit as covetousness a2Co 9:3 bGn 33:11; Jg 1:15; 2Co 9:6 cPhp 4:17 d2Co 12:17f

6 ¶ Now this [I say], ahe who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows Ibountifully will also reap Ibountifully. 7 Each one [must do] just as he has purposed in his heart, not agrudgingly or under compulsion, for bGod loves a cheerful giver. 8 And aGod is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written,
  “aHE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR,
  HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IENDURES FOREVER.”
10 Now He who supplies aseed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and bincrease the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be aenriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing bthanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying athe needs of the Isaints, but is also overflowing bthrough many thanksgivings to God. 13 Because of the proof given by this aministry, they will bglorify God for [your] obedience to your cconfession of the dgospel of Christ and for the liberality of your Icontribution to them and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 aThanks be to God for His indescribable bgift!

[6] ILit with blessings aPv 11:24f; 22:9; Ga 6:7, 9
[7] aDt 15:10; 1Ch 29:17; Ro 12:8; 2Co 8:12 bEx 25:2
[8] aEp 3:20
[9] ILit abides aPs 112:9
[10] aIs 55:10 bHo 10:12
[11] a1Co 1:5 b2Co 1:11
[12] IOr holy ones a2Co 8:14 b2Co 1:11
[13] IOr sharing with them aRo 15:31; 2Co 8:4 bMt 9:8 c1Ti 6:12f; He 3:1; 4:14; 10:23 d2Co 2:12
[15] a2Co 2:14 bRo 5:15f


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He yieldeth the reason why, though he knew their forwardness, yet he sent Titus and his brethren beforehand.

1 ¶ For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 3 Yet 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: 4 Lest 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. 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as [a matter of] bounty, and not as [of] covetousness.

[1] Gn 27:42; 1S 20:23; 2K 22:18; Jb 37:23; Ps 45:1; Mt 22:31; Ro 11:28; 2Co 8:4; 9:12; Ga 2:10; 6:10; Php 3:5; 1Th 4:9; 5:1; 1Jn 2:27.
[2] 1Co 16:15; 2Co 1:1; 8:8, 10, 19, 24; 1Th 1:7; He 10:24.
[3] 1Co 16:1; 2Co 7:14; 8:6, 17; 9:4, 5; Tit 3:1.
[4] 2Co 8:1, 24; 9:2; 11:17.
[5] Gn 33:11; 1S 25:27; 30:26; 2K 5:15; 1Co 16:2; 2Co 8:6.

And he proceedeth in stirring them up to a bountiful alms, as being but a kind of sowing seed,

6 But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

[6] Ps 41:1; Pv 11:18, 24; 19:17; 22:9; Ec 11:1, 6; Lk 6:38; 19:16; 1Co 1:12; 7:29; 15:20; 2Co 9:10; Ga 3:17; 5:16; 6:7; Ep 4:17; Col 2:4; He 6:10.
[7] Ex 25:2; 35:5; Dt 15:7, 14; 1Ch 29:17; Pv 11:25; 22:9; 23:6; Is 32:5, 8; Ac 20:35; Ro 12:8; 2Co 8:12; Jm 5:9; 1P 4:9.
[8] 1Ch 29:12; 2Ch 25:9; Ps 84:11; Pv 3:9; 10:22; 11:24; 28:27; Hg 2:8; Mal 3:10; Ac 9:36; 1Co 15:58; 2Co 8:2, 7, 19; 9:11; Ep 2:10; Php 4:18; Col 1:10; 2Th 2:17; 2Ti 3:17; Tit 2:14; 3:8, 14; 1P 4:10.
[9] Ps 112:3, 9; Pv 8:18; 21:21; Is 51:8; 1Co 13:13; Ga 5:5.

which shall return a great increase to them,

10 Now 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;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

[10] Gn 1:11; 47:19, 23; Pv 11:18; Ec 11:6; Is 55:10; Ho 10:12; Mt 6:1; 2Co 9:6; Ep 5:9; Php 1:11; 4:17; 1Th 3:12; 4:10.
[11] 1Ch 29:12; 2Ch 31:10; Pv 3:9; Mal 3:10; Ro 12:8; 2Co 1:11; 4:15; 8:2, 16, 19; 9:12; 1Ti 6:17.
[12] 2Co 8:4, 14; 9:1; Php 2:25; 4:18; Phm 1:4; Jm 2:14; 1Jn 3:17.

and occasion a great sacrifice of thanksgivings unto God.

13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for [your] liberal distribution unto them, and unto all [men]; 14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.

[13] Ps 50:23; Mt 5:16; Lk 6:46; Jn 15:8; Ac 4:21; 11:18; 21:19; Ro 10:16; 16:26; 2Co 10:5; Ga 1:24; He 5:9; 13:16; 1P 2:9; 4:11.
[14] 2S 13:29; Ezr 6:8; Ps 41:1; Pv 11:26; Lk 16:9; Ro 1:11; 1Co 1:4; 2Co 1:11; 8:1, 6; Php 1:8; 2:26; 4:1, 18; 1Ti 1:14; 2Ti 1:16.
[15] 1Ch 16:8, 35; Ps 30:4, 12; 92:1; Is 9:6; 49:6; Lk 2:14, 38; Jn 1:16; 3:16; Ro 6:23; 8:32; 1Co 15:57; 2Co 2:14; 9:11; Ep 5:20; Jm 1:17; 1Jn 4:9; 5:11; Rv 4:9.


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