2 Corinthians 9
The brothers of Corinth to be ready 1
Principle of giving 7
The seed, too, is a ministry 10
For God's glory and their prayers 13

 1 ¶ For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
 2  For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
 3  Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:
.4  Lest haply [by chance] if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.
5  Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
  1 - ministering ... superfluous He began in the previous chapter his appeal for money to help those in Jerusalem 2co0801.
  2 - Forwardness of your mind "Eagerness to help," NIV.
  4 - Find you unprepared Some men from Macedonia were apparently to escort Paul. He was headed to see the Corinthian believers to whom this letter is addressed and would pass through Macedonia ac2001ff.
.6 ¶ But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
.7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
 9  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
  6 - Soweth The purpose and blessing of giving.
  7 - As he purposeth ... give An excellent principle. Our giving does not earn our salvation.
.10  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
 11  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
 12  For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
  10 - Ministereth Providing seed spiritual seed.
.13  Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
 14  And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
.15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
  13 - Experiment From dokime translated "trial" 2co0802, and "proof" 2co1303, approved ro1418, and "experience" ro0504. The important results would be glorification of God.
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