The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[ 1] F OR as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
[ 2] for I know your readiness, of which I glory on your behalf to them of Macedonia, that Achaia hath been prepared for a year past; and your 1 zeal hath stirred up very 2 many of them.
[ 3] But I have sent the brethren, that our glorying on your behalf may not be made void in this respect; that, even as I said, ye may be prepared:
[ 4] lest by any means, if there come with me any of Macedonia and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be put to shame in this confidence.
[ 5] I thought it necessary therefore to entreat the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your aforepromised bounty, 3 that the same might be ready as a matter of bounty, and not of extortion. 4
[ 6] But this I say, He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully 5 shall reap also bountifully. 6
[ 7] Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart; not grudgingly, 7 or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
[ 8] And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work:
[ 9] as it is written,
He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; His righteousness abideth for ever.
[ 10] And he that supplieth seed to the sower and bread for food, shall supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:
[ 11] ye being enriched in everything unto all liberality, 8 which worketh through us thanksgiving to God.
[ 12] For the ministration of this service not only filleth up the measure of the wants of the saints, but aboundeth also through many thanksgivings unto God;
[ 13] seeing that through the proving of you by this ministration they glorify God for the obedience of your confession unto the gospel 9 of Christ, and for the liberality 10 of your contribution unto them and unto all;
[ 14] while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, long after you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you.
[ 15] Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.