For I know your eagerness to help,1 and I have been boasting2 about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year3 you in Achaia4 were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.
But I am sending the brothers5 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.64
For if any Macedonians7 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 brothers8 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,9 not as one grudgingly given.10
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.117
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,12 not reluctantly or under compulsion,13 for God loves a cheerful giver.148
And God is able15 to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,16 you will abound in every good work.
As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts17 to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."a1810
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food19 will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.2011
You will be made rich21 in every way so that you can be generous22 on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.2312
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs24 of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.25