1About the help to God's holy people, there is real y no need for me to write to you; 2for I am well aware of your enthusiasm, and I have been boasting of it to the Macedonians that 'Achaiahas been ready for a year'; your enthusiasm has been a spur to many others. 3Al the same, I have sent the brothers, to make sure that our boast about you may not prove hol ow inthis respect and that you may be ready, as I said you would be; 4so that if by chance some of the Macedonians came with me and found you unprepared we -- to saynothing of yourselves -- would not be put to shame by our confidence in you. 5So I have thought it necessary to encourage the brothers to go to you ahead of us and make sure inadvance of the gift that you have already promised, so that it is al at hand as a real gift and not an imposition. 6But remember: anyone who sows sparsely wil reap sparsely as wel -- and anyone who sowsgenerously wil reap generously as wel . 7Each one should give as much as he has decided on his own initiative, not reluctantly or undercompulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8God is perfectly able to enrich you with every grace, so that you always have enough for everyconceivable need, and your resources overflow in al kinds of good work. 9As scripture says: To the needy he gave without stint, his uprightness stands firm for ever. 10The one who so freely provides seed for the sower and food to eat will provide you with ample store ofseed for sowing and make the harvest of your uprightness a bigger one: 11you wil be rich enough in every way for every kind of generosity that makes people thank God forwhat we have done. 12For the help provided by this contribution not only satisfies the needs of God's holy people, but alsooverflows into widespread thanksgiving to God; 13because when you have proved your quality by this help, they wil give glory to God for the obediencewhich you show in professing the gospel of Christ, as well as for the generosity of your fel owship towards themand towards al . 14At the same time, their prayer for you wil express the affection they feel for you because of theunbounded grace God has given you. 15Thanks be to God for his gift that is beyond all tel ing!
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