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2 Corinthians 9 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There is really no need for me to write you about the help being sent to God's people in Judea. 1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints.
2 I know that you are willing to help, and I have boasted of you to the people in Macedonia. "The believers in Achaia," I said, "have been ready to help since last year." Your eagerness has stirred up most of them. 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 Now I am sending these believers, so that our boasting about you in this matter may not turn out to be empty words. But, just as I said, you will be ready with your help. 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 However, if the people from Macedonia should come with me and find out that you are not ready, how ashamed we would be - not to speak of your shame - for feeling so sure of you! 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 I thought it was necessary to urge these believers to go to you ahead of me and get ready in advance the gift you promised to make. Then it will be ready when I arrive, and it will show that you give because you want to, not because you have to. 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 Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
7 You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. 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 more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. 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 the scripture says, "He gives generously to the needy; his kindness lasts forever." 9 As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
10 And God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. 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 He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from 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 service you perform not only meets the needs of God's people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude 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 And because of the proof which this service of yours brings, many will give glory to God for your loyalty to the gospel of Christ, which you profess, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else. 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 And so with deep affection they will pray for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown 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 Let us thank God for his priceless gift! 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!