1I really don’t need to write to you about this help for God’s people. 2I know that you want to help. I have been boasting about this to the people in Macedonia. I have told them that you people in Achaia were ready to give since last year. And your wanting to give has made most of the people here ready to give also. 3But I am sending the brothers to you. I don’t want our boasting about you in this to be for nothing. I want you to be ready like I said you would be. 4If any of the people from Macedonia come with me, and they find that you are not ready, then we will be ashamed. We will be ashamed that we were so sure of you. (And you will be ashamed too!) 5So I thought that I should ask these brothers to go to you before we come. They will finish making ready the gift you promised. Then the gift will be ready when we come, and it will be a gift you wanted to give—not a gift that you hated to give. 6Remember this: The person who plants little will harvest only a little. But the person who plants much will harvest much. 7Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give. A person should not give if it makes him sad. And a person should not give if he thinks he is forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily. 8And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work. 9Like the Scriptures say, “He gives generously to the poor; his kindness will continue forever.” 10God is the One who gives seed to the person who plants. And he gives bread for food. And God will give you ˻spiritual˼ seed and make your seed grow. He will make a great harvest from your goodness ˻(giving)˼. 11God will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will make people give thanks to God. 12This service that you do helps the needs of God’s people. But that is not all your service does. It is also bringing more and more thanks to God. 13This service you do is a proof ˻of your faith˼. People will praise God because of this. They will praise God because you follow the gospel of Christ—the gospel you say you believe. People will praise God because you freely share with them and with all people. 14And when those people pray, they will wish they could be with you. They will feel this because of the great grace ˻(kindness)˼ that God gave you. 15Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful to explain.
2 Corinthians 9