Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
Oh that there was among you who would shut the doors, that ye might not kindle my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says LORD of hosts, nor will I accept an offering at your hand.
And also let our men learn to be in the lead of good works for the essential needs, so that they may not be unfruitful.
Woe is me! For I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage. There is no cluster to eat. My soul desires the first ripe fig.
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
Then the King will say to those at his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
And he also said to the man who invited him, When thou make a dinner or a supper, do not call thy friends, nor thy brothers, nor thy kinsmen, nor prosperous neighbors, lest they also invite thee in return, and a recompense be made
By this my Father is glorified, that ye may bear much fruit, and ye will become my disciples.
Ye did not choose out me, but I chose out you, and appointed you, so that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit may remain, so that anything whatever ye may ask of the Father in my name, he may give you.
I coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
Having therefore completed this, and having sealed this fruit for them, I will depart by you to Spain.
If we sowed spiritual things to you, is it a great thing if we will reap your carnal things?
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers that they would go ahead to you, and arrange in advance your gift that was earlier announced, for this to be ready this way as a gift and not as an exaction.
as it is written, He has scattered abroad. He has given to the poor. His righteousness endures into the age.
I say again, let not any man think me to be foolish, but if otherwise--even if as foolish--accept me, so that I also may boast some a little.
having been filled with fruits of righteousness, through Jesus Christ, for glory and praise of God.
Not that I speak regarding need, for I have learned in what things I am to be content.
For we came neither in word of flattery (at any time as ye know) nor a pretense of greed (God is witness)
no drunkard, not a fighter, not greedy of base gain, but meek, noncontentious, no lover of money,
For the love of money is a root of all the evils, of which some aspiring have wandered from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
For the overseer must be blameless as a steward of God, not self-willed, not prone to angry, not a drunkard, not a fighter, not greedy of base gain,
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work, and the labor of love that ye showed toward his name, having served the sanctified, and who are serving.
Tend ye the flock of God among you, watching over, not by obligation, but willingly, nor greedily, but readily,
And they will exploit you in greed with fabricated words, whose judgment is not idle for long, and their destruction will not slumber.
having forsaked a straight path, they were led astray, men who followed the way of Balaam, son of Beor, who loved the wage of unrighteousness.