THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
C. Giving as a Blessing, Not as Covetousness
1 For concerning the aministry to the saints, it is superfluous for me to bwrite to you;
2 For I know your aeagerness, of which I bboast on your behalf to the Macedonians, that 1Achaia has been prepared since clast year; and your zeal has stirred up the greater number of them.
3 But I sent the abrothers that our boasting on your behalf might not be made void in this respect, that, as I said, you might be prepared;
4 Lest, if the aMacedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we, not to mention you, be put to shame in this 1bconfidence.
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to entreat the brothers to go before to you and make ready beforehand your previously promised 1ablessing, that thus this might be ready 2as a blessing and not 2as a matter of covetousness.
D. Sowing for Reaping the Fruits of Righteousness
6 But take note of this: He who asows sparingly shall also sparingly reap; and he who sows with 1blessings shall also with 2blessings reap;
7 Each one as he has purposed in his heart, anot out of sorrow or out of 1necessity, for 2God loves a 3cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make 1all grace abound unto you, that, in everything always having all sufficiency, you may aabound unto every good work;
9 Even as it is written, a"He has 1bscattered abroad; he has given to the 2cpoor; his 3righteousness abides forever.''
10 Now 1He who bountifully supplies aseed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and cause the fruits of your righteousness to increase.
11 You in everything are being aenriched unto all 1liberality, which works out through us bthanksgiving to God,
12 Because the aministry of this 1service is not only filling up the black of the saints, but is also abounding through many thanksgivings to God.
13 They, through the 1approving of this ministry, are aglorifying God based upon the subjection unto the gospel of Christ that issues from your bconfession, and upon the cliberality of the 2dfellowship to them and to all;
14 While in petition on your behalf they also long after you on account of the 1surpassing 2grace of God upon you.
15 aThanks be to God for His 1indescribable 2bgift!