1 For indeed concerning the ministry which is to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you. 2 For I know your promptitude, of which I am boasting to the Macedonians in your behalf, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has aroused many. 3 But I sent the brethren, in order that our boasting which is in your behalf may not be in vain in this region; in order that, as I was saying, your were ready: 4 lest perhaps, if the Macedonians may come with me, and find you unprepared, we may be put to shame, in this confidence, (that we may say not, you). 5 Therefore I considered it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they may come to you beforehand, and perfect your preannounced benefaction, that it may be ready, as a benefaction, not as a stingy contribution.
6 But it is this, he that soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. 7 As each one has predetermined in his heart; not of reluctance, or of constraint: for God loves the hilarious giver. 8 But God is able to make all grace abound unto you; in order that, always having all sufficiency in every thing, you may abound unto every good work: as has been written, 9 He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness abides forever.
10 But he that gives seed to the sower, will also give bread to the eater, and multiply your sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness: 11 in every thing being enriched in all purity, which works out through us thanksgiving to God. 12 Because the ministry of this free-will offering is not only supplying the deficiencies of the saints, but also superabounding through much thanksgiving to God; 13 through the approval of this ministry, glorifying God in the submission of your testimony to the gospel of Christ, and the purity of your fellowship unto them and unto all; 14 and through their prayer in your behalf, earnestly longing to see you on account of the grace of God superabounding unto you. 15 Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.