2 Corinthians 9 (Lexham English Bible)

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God Loves a Cheerful Giver

1 For it is unnecessary for me to write to you concerning the ministry to the saints, 2 because I know your readiness [to help], [concerning] which I keep on boasting to the Macedonians about you, that Achaia has been ready [to help] since last year, and your zeal has stirred up the majority [of them]. 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you would not prove to be empty in this case, so that you may be prepared just as I was saying, 4 lest somehow if Macedonians should come with me and find you unprepared, we--{not to speak of you}a--would be humiliated in connection with this project. 5 Therefore I considered [it] necessary to urge the brothers that they should go on ahead to you and make arrangements in advance for your generous gift that was promised previously, so this would be prepared as a generous gift and not as grudgingly granted. 6 Now [the point is] this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one [should give] as he has decided in his heart, not {reluctantly}b or from compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to cause all grace to abound to you, so that in everything at all times, [because you]c have enough of everything, you may overflow in every good work. 9 Just as it is written, "He scattered widely, he gave to the poor; his righteousness remains {forever}." 10 Now the one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed, and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow, 11 being made rich in every [way] for all generosity, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, 12 because the service of this ministry is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but also is overflowing through many [expressions of] thanksgiving to God. 13 Through the proven character of this service [they will] glorify God because of the submission of your confession to the gospel of Christ and the generosity of [your] participation toward them and toward everyone, 14 and [they are] longing for you in their prayers for you, because of the surpassing grace of God to you. 15 Thanks [be] to God for his indescribable gift!
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