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Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity![a] Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything[b]—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. Just as the Scriptures say about the one who trusts in him:

Because he has sown extravagantly and given to the poor,
    his kindness and generous deeds will never be forgotten.[c]

10 This generous God who supplies abundant seed[d] for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals,[e] is even more extravagant toward you. First he supplies[f] every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity[g] will grow. 11 You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion,[h] for when we take your gifts to those in need,[i] it causes many to give thanks to God.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:7 See Prov. 22:8 (LXX). There are seven things in the Bible that God loves: (1) the resident foreigner or immigrant (Deut. 10:19), (2) righteousness in our affairs with others (Ps. 11:7), (3) justice (Ps. 37:28), (4) the gates of Zion (Ps. 87:2), (5) his righteous people (Ps. 146:8), (6) a hilarious or cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7), and (7) those he disciplines (Heb. 12:6).
  2. 9:8 The Greek word Paul uses is autarkeia, and it is found in classical Greek as meaning “independently wealthy, needing nothing.” See Aristotle, Pol. 1. 8, 14.
  3. 9:9 See Ps. 112:9.
  4. 9:10 The Greek word epichorēgeo is used in Greek literature for someone who pays all expenses for the drama/choir (production), plus more, providing income for those who take part. God is seen as the leader of the divine choir, orchestrating everything and providing all that is needed to bring forth the sounds of his glory on the earth.
  5. 9:10 See Isa. 55:10.
  6. 9:10 The Greek word is chorēgeo (see the first footnote on this verse).
  7. 9:10 Or “righteousness,” used in this context as “generosity” (or “righteous works” of benevolence).
  8. 9:11 Or “You will always be rich enough to be generous at all times.”
  9. 9:11 Or “through us.”

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