For if any Macedonians1 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 brothers2 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,3 not as one grudgingly given.4
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.57
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,6 not reluctantly or under compulsion,7 for God loves a cheerful giver.88
And God is able9 to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,10 you will abound in every good work.
As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts11 to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."a1210
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food13 will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.1411
You will be made rich15 in every way so that you can be generous16 on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.1712
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs18 of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.1913
Because of the service20 by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God21 for the obedience that accompanies your confession22 of the gospel of Christ,23 and for your generosity24 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.