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2 Corinthians 9

He yieldeth the reason why, though he knew their forwardness, yet he sent Titus and his brethren beforehand.

2 Corinthians 9:1 For concerning the ministry that is done towards the saints, it is superfluous for me to write unto you. 2 Corinthians 9:2 For I know your forward mind: for which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia also is ready from the year past. And your emulation hath provoked very many. 2 Corinthians 9:3 Now I have sent the brethren, that the thing which we boast of concerning you be not made void in this behalf, that (as I have said) you may be ready: 2 Corinthians 9:4 Lest, when the Macedonians shall come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to say ye) should be ashamed in this matter. 2 Corinthians 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to desire the brethren that they would go to you before and prepare this blessing before promised, to be ready, so as a blessing, not as covetousness.

And he proceedeth in stirring them up to a bountiful alms, as being but a kind of sowing seed,

2 Corinthians 9:6 Now this I say: He who soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly: and he who soweth in blessings shall also reap blessings. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Every one as he hath determined in his heart, not with sadness or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound in you: that ye always, having all sufficiently in all things, may abound to every good work, 2 Corinthians 9:9 As it is written: He hath dispersed abroad, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth for ever.

which shall return a great increase to them,

2 Corinthians 9:10 And he that ministereth seed to the sower will both give you bread to eat and will multiply your seed and increase the growth of the fruits of your justice: 2 Corinthians 9:11 That being enriched in all things, you may abound unto all simplicity which worketh through us thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12 Because the administration of this office doth not only supply the want of the saints, but aboundeth also by many thanksgivings in the Lord.

and occasion a great sacrifice of thanksgivings unto God.

2 Corinthians 9:13 By the proof of this ministry, glorifying God for the obedience of your confession unto the gospel of Christ and for the simplicity of your communicating unto them and unto all. 2 Corinthians 9:14 And in their praying for you, being desirous of you, because of the excellent grace of God in you. 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

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