So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers1 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,2 not as one grudgingly given.3
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.47
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,5 not reluctantly or under compulsion,6 for God loves a cheerful giver.78
And God is able8 to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,9 you will abound in every good work.
As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts10 to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."a1110
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food12 will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.1311
You will be made rich14 in every way so that you can be generous15 on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.1612
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs17 of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.1813
Because of the service19 by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God20 for the obedience that accompanies your confession21 of the gospel of Christ,22 and for your generosity23 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 God24 for his indescribable gift!25