2 Corinthians 9

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

1 Now about the service to the saints, there is no need for me to write to you. 2 For I know your eagerness [to help] , [and] I have been boasting to [the] Macedonians that since last year you in Achaia were prepared [ to give ] . And your zeal has stirred most [ of them to do likewise ] . 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove empty, [but] that you will be prepared, just as I said. 4 Otherwise, if [any] Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we— to say nothing of you— would be ashamed of [having been] so confident. 5 So I thought [it] necessary to urge the brothers to visit you beforehand and make arrangements for the bountiful gift you had promised. This way, your [gift] will be prepared generously and not begrudgingly. 6 [Remember] this: Whoever sows sparingly {will} also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously {will} also reap generously. 7 Each one [ should give ] what he has decided in [his] heart [to give ] , not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God [is] able {to make} all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has scattered abroad His gifts to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
Psalm 112:9
10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your store of seed and will increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous on every [occasion] , [and your giving] through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For this ministry of service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanksgiving to God. 13 Because of the proof this ministry {provides} , [the saints] will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and [for the] generosity of [your] contribution to them and to all [the others] . 14 And their prayers for you will express their affection for you, because of the surpassing grace God [has given] you. 15 Thanks [be] to God for His indescribable gift!
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