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2 Corinthians 9 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I don't need to write anything further to you about helping the Christians [in Jerusalem]. 1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints.
2 I know how willing you are to help, and I brag about you to the believers in the province of Macedonia. I tell them, "The people of Greece have been ready [to send their collection] since last year," and your enthusiasm has moved most of them [to act]. 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 I've sent my coworkers so that when we brag that you're ready, we can back it up. 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 Otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me, they might find out that you're not ready after all. This would embarrass us for feeling so confident as much as it would embarrass 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 that I should encourage our coworkers to visit you before I do and make arrangements for this gift that you had already promised to give. Then it will be the blessing it was intended to be, and it won't be something you're forced to do. 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 this: The farmer who plants a few seeds will have a very small harvest. But the farmer who plants because he has received God's blessings will receive a harvest of God's blessings in return. 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
7 Each of you should give whatever you have decided. You shouldn't be sorry that you gave or feel forced to give, since God loves a cheerful 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 Besides, God will give you his constantly overflowing kindness. Then, when you always have everything you need, you can do more and more good things. 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 Scripture says, "The righteous person gives freely to the poor. His righteousness continues forever." 9 As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
10 God gives seed to the farmer and food to those who need to eat. God will also give you seed and multiply it. In your lives he will increase the things you do that have his approval. 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 God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous. Your generosity will produce thanksgiving to God because of 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 What you do to serve others not only provides for the needs of God's people, but also produces more and more prayers of thanksgiving 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 You will honor God through this genuine act of service because of your commitment to spread the Good News of Christ and because of 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 With deep affection they will pray for you because of the extreme kindness that 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 I thank God for his gift that words cannot describe. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!