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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    FOR 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.
Note 1. Or, emulation of you. [back]
Note 2. Gr. the more part. [back]
Note 3. Gr. blessing. [back]
Note 4. Or, covetousness. [back]
Note 5. Gr, with blessings. Comp. ver. 5. [back]
Note 6. Gr, with blessings. Comp. ver. 5. [back]
Note 7. Gr. of sorrow. [back]
Note 8. Gr. singleness. Comp. ch. 8. 2. [back]
Note 9. Gr. good tidings. See marginal note on ch. 2. 12. [back]
Note 10. Gr. singleness. Comp. ch. 8. 2. [back]


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