1 For concerning the ministring to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you. 2 For I know your readiness, which I boast concerning you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 3 Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you on this head should be made vain, that, as I said, ye may be ready; 4 Lest if any of the Macedonians come with me, and find you unprepared, we (not to say, you) be ashamed of this confident boasting. 5 Therefore I thought it necessary, to desire the brethren to go before to you, and compleat this your bounty, which had been spoken of before, that it may be ready as a bounty, and not as a matter of covetousness.
6 And this I say, He that soweth sparingly, shall reap also sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully, shall reap also bountifully: 7 Let every man do as he chuseth in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a chearful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that having always all sufficiency in all things, ye may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 And may he who supplieth seed to the sower, and bread for your food, supply and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:) 11 Being inriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which worketh by us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service, doth not only supply the necessities of the saints, but likewise aboundeth by the thanksgivings of many to God: 13 (Who, by experiment of this administration, glorify God for your avowed subjection to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal communication to them and to all men.) 14 And by their prayer for you, who long after you, for the exceeding grace of God, which is in you. 15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.