So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the (A)gift[a] you have promised, so that it may be ready (B)as a willing gift, (C)not as an exaction.[b]

The Cheerful Giver

The point is this: (D)whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[c] will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, (E)not reluctantly or under compulsion, for (F)God loves a cheerful giver.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 9:5 Greek blessing; twice in this verse
  2. 2 Corinthians 9:5 Or a gift expecting something in return; Greek greed
  3. 2 Corinthians 9:6 Greek with blessings; twice in this verse

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