But I am sending the brothers1 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.24
For if any Macedonians3 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 brothers4 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,5 not as one grudgingly given.6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.77
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,8 not reluctantly or under compulsion,9 for God loves a cheerful giver.108
And God is able11 to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,12 you will abound in every good work.
As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts13 to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."a1410
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food15 will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.1611
You will be made rich17 in every way so that you can be generous18 on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.1912
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs20 of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.2113
Because of the service22 by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God23 for the obedience that accompanies your confession24 of the gospel of Christ,25 and for your generosity26 in sharing with them and with everyone else.