1Forastouching the ministeringto the saints, it issuperfluous for me to write to you:2For I know the forwardness ofyourmind, for which I boastofyou to them of Macedonia,thatAchaia was ready a yearago;andyourzealhathprovoked very many.3Yet have I sent the brethren,lestourboastingofyou should be in vaininthisbehalf;that,as I said , ye may beready :
4Lesthaplyif they of Macedoniacomewithme,andfindyouunprepared,we (that we saynot, ye) should be ashamedin this sameconfidentboasting.5Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren,that they would go beforeuntoyou,and make up beforehandyourbounty,a whereof ye had notice before , that the same might beready , as a matter of bounty,andnotas of covetousness.6Butthis I say, He which sowethsparingly shall reapalsosparingly;and he which sowethbountifullyshallreapalsobountifully .
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; notgrudgingly , orofnecessity:forGodloveth a cheerfulgiver.8AndGod is able to makeallgraceaboundtowardyou;that ye, alwayshavingallsufficiencyinall things, may aboundtoeverygoodwork:9
(As it is written , He hath dispersed abroad ; he hath given to the poor:hisrighteousnessremainethforever.10Now he that ministerethseed to the sowerbothministerbreadfor your food,andmultiplyyour seed sown,andincrease the fruits of your righteousness;)
Being enrichedin every thingtoallbountifulness,bwhichcauseththroughusthanksgiving to God.12For the administration of thisservicenotonlysupplieth the want of the saints,but is abundantalsobymanythanksgivings unto God;13
Whiles by the experiment of thisministration they glorifyGodforyourprofessedsubjectionunto the gospel of Christ,and for your liberaldistributionuntothem,anduntoall men;
14And by theirprayerforyou, which long afteryoufor the exceedinggrace of Godinyou.15Thanks be unto Godforhisunspeakablegift.