9 For indeed concerning the ministry which is for the saints It is superfluous for me to be writing to you;
2 For I know your forwardness of mind—Of which in your behalf I am boasting unto Macedonians That Achaia hath been prepared for a year past,—And your zeal hath stirred up the greater number of them.
3 Nevertheless I have sent the brethren That our boast in your behalf be not made void in this respect, That even as I was saying ye may be prepared,—
4 Lest by any means if there should come with me Macedonians and find you unprepared We—not to say ye—should be put to shame in this confidence.
5 Necessary therefore I regarded it To exhort the brethren that they would go forward unto you, And make up beforehand your previously-promised blessing. The same to be ready—thus as a blessing and not as of constraint.
6 As to this however He that soweth sparingly Sparingly also shall reap, And he that soweth with blessings With blessings also shall reap:
7 Each one according as he hath purposed in his heart Not sorrowfully nor of necessity,—For a cheerful giver God loveth.
8 Moreover God is able to cause every gracious gift to superabound unto you, In order that having in every thing at every time every kind of sufficiency of your own Ye may be superabounding unto every good work;
9 Even as it is written—He hath scattered abroad, He hath given to the needy,—His righteousness abideth to futurity.
10 Now he that supplieth seed to the sower and bread for eating Will supply and multiply your seed for sowing, And cause to grow your fruits of righteousness:
11 In every thing being enriched unto every kind of liberality,—Which indeed worketh out through us thanksgiving unto God;
12 Because the ministry of this public service is not only towards filling up the deficiencies of the saints, but also superabounding through the thanksgiving of many unto God,—
13 [Of many] who through the proof of this ministry are glorifying God for your acknowledged submission unto the glad-message of the Christ and for the liberality of the fellowship unto them and unto all,—
14 Themselves also with supplication on your behalf longing after you by reason of the surpassing favour of God [resting] upon you:—
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable bounty!