2 Corinthians 9:6-15

The Cheerful Giver

6 The point is this: 1whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully.
7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, 2not reluctantly or under compulsion, for 3God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And 4God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[b] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
9 As it is written, 5"He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
10 He who supplies 6seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and 7increase the harvest of your righteousness.
11 8You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which 9through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying 10the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
13 By their approval of this service, 11they[c] will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your 12confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.
15 13Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

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2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 CORINTHIANS 9

The apostle proceeds in this chapter upon the same subject, the making a collection for the poor saints; gives the reason why he sent the brethren to them on this account; directs to the manner in which this service should be performed, and subjoins some fresh arguments to encourage them to it. As for the ministration itself, he suggests, it might seem needless to say any more about it, since he had said so much already in the preceding chapter, 2Co 9:1 and especially seeing they were so forward to it, and were even prepared for it a year ago; of which the apostle had boasted to the Macedonian churches, 2Co 9:2 and whereas it might be objected, that since there was such an inclination in them to this good work, why did he send these brethren to them? the reason of this he gives, 2Co 9:3,4 that they might get their collection ready against the time he came, lest should any of the Macedonians come along with him, and this collection not be made, his glorying of them would be in vain, and both he and they would be ashamed; wherefore he sent them before hand to prevent everything of this kind, and that their collection might appear to be not done in a covetous niggardly way, but bountifully and cheerfully, 2Co 9:5 which manner he directs unto, and encourages from the advantages of it, under the metaphorical phrases of sowing and reaping, intimating, that as a man sows, so he reaps; or in proportion to his giving, is he blessed, 2Co 9:6 wherefore he advises to give heartily, freely, and cheerfully, and that from this consideration, because cheerful giving is acceptable to God, being like himself, 2Co 9:7 who, as he loves, so he rewards the cheerful giver; and as he is able to give him abundance, so he does, whereby he is more qualified and fitted for such liberal service, 2Co 9:8. And this is confirmed by a passage of Scripture cited out of Ps 112:9 showing, that he that gives bountifully to the poor is ever regarded by the Lord, 2Co 9:9 and which is further proved from the general course of Providence, which so multiplies and increases the seed sown in the earth, that it usually ministers seed to the sower, and bread to the eater; to which the apostle had alluded in the use of these metaphorical expressions; or he puts up a prayer that there might, or delivers out a promise that there would be a like increase in giving liberally, as in sowing plentifully, 2Co 9:10. And then he makes use of a new argument, stirring up to bountifulness, taken from the glory which is brought to God through thanksgiving to him, from the poor and needy, supplied by the liberality of those whose hearts he had opened, 2Co 9:11. On which argument he enlarges, showing, that not only by this bounty the wants of the poor are supplied, and thanksgivings offered up to God on that account; but also the poor saints are led to glorify God for sending his Gospel to these their benefactors, and giving them his grace to submit unto it, which had had such an influence upon them as to cause them to communicate to their necessities in such a generous manner, 2Co 9:12,13. To which he adds another argument, taken from the prayers of the poor saints, for those who liberally contributed to them, that they might prosper in body and soul, in things temporal and spiritual, 2Co 9:14. And the chapter is concluded with a thanksgiving to God for the grace bestowed upon all the churches, and particularly for the gift of Christ to the sons of men; which contains in it another argument for beneficence and liberality, 2Co 9:15.

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 In-Context

4 Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated--to say nothing of you--for being so confident.
5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
9 As it is written, "He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.
15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Cross References 13

  • 1. Proverbs 11:24, 25; Proverbs 22:9; Galatians 6:7, 9; [Malachi 3:10; Luke 6:38]
  • 2. Deuteronomy 15:10; See 2 Corinthians 8:12
  • 3. See Exodus 25:2
  • 4. Philippians 4:19; [Ephesians 3:2]
  • 5. Cited from Psalms 112:9
  • 6. Isaiah 55:10
  • 7. [Hosea 10:12]
  • 8. 1 Corinthians 1:5
  • 9. [2 Corinthians 1:11]
  • 10. 2 Corinthians 8:14
  • 11. See Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12
  • 12. 1 Timothy 6:12, 13; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 10:23
  • 13. [John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8]; See 2 Corinthians 2:14

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