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2 Corinthians 9 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Collection for Christians in Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:1 - Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:2 - for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:3 - But I am sending[fn] the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:4 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:5 - So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift[fn] you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.[fn]

The Cheerful Giver

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:6 - The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[fn] will also reap bountifully.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:7 - Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:8 - And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[fn] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:9 - As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:10 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:11 - You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:12 - For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:13 - By their approval of this service, they[fn] will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:14 - while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:15 - Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
ESV Footnotes
Or I have sent
Greek blessing; twice in this verse
Or a gift expecting something in return; Greek greed
Greek with blessings; twice in this verse
Or all contentment
Or you

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