There is no need1 for me to write to you about this service2 to the saints.32
For I know your eagerness to help,4 and I have been boasting5 about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year6 you in Achaia7 were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.
But I am sending the brothers8 in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be.94
For if any Macedonians10 come with me and find you unprepared, we--not to say anything about you--would be ashamed of having been so confident.
So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers11 to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift,12 not as one grudgingly given.13
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.147
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,15 not reluctantly or under compulsion,16 for God loves a cheerful giver.178
And God is able18 to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,19 you will abound in every good work.
As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts20 to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."a2110
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food22 will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.2311
You will be made rich24 in every way so that you can be generous25 on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.2612
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs27 of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.2813
Because of the service29 by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God30 for the obedience that accompanies your confession31 of the gospel of Christ,32 and for your generosity33 in sharing with them and with everyone else.
And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
Thanks be to God34 for his indescribable gift!35