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2 Corinthians 9 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But there is no need for me to say anything in my letter about the giving to the saints: 1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints.
2 For I have before made clear to those of Macedonia my pride in your ready mind, saying to them that Achaia has been ready for a year back; and a great number have been moved to do the same by your example. 2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.
3 But I have sent the brothers, so that the good things we said about you may be seen to be true, and that, as I said, you may be ready: 3 But I am sending the brothers 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.
4 For fear that, if any from Macedonia come with me, and you are not ready, we (not to say, you) might be put to shame in this thing. 4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we--not to say anything about you--would be ashamed of having been so confident.
5 So it seemed to me wise for the brothers to go before, and see that the amount which you had undertaken to give was ready, so that it might be a cause for praise, and not as if we were making profit out of you. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers 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, not as one grudgingly given.
6 But in the Writings it says, He who puts in only a small number of seeds, will get in the same; and he who puts them in from a full hand, will have produce in full measure from them. 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
7 Let every man do after the purpose of his heart; not giving with grief, or by force: for God takes pleasure in a ready giver. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to give you all grace in full measure; so that ever having enough of all things, you may be full of every good work: 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
9 As it is said in the Writings, He has sent out far and wide, he has given to the poor; his righteousness is for ever. 9 As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
10 And he who gives seed for putting into the field and bread for food, will take care of the growth of your seed, at the same time increasing the fruits of your righteousness; 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
11 Your wealth being increased in everything, with a simple mind, causing praise to God through us. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 For this work of giving not only takes care of the needs of the saints, but is the cause of much praise to God; 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
13 For when, through this work of giving, they see what you are, they give glory to God for the way in which you have given yourselves to the good news of Christ, and for the wealth of your giving to them and to all; 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
14 While their hearts go out to you in love and in prayer for you, because of the great grace of God which is in you. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
15 Praise be to God for what he has given, which words have no power to say. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!