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A further exhortation to almsgiving. The fruits of it.

[1] For concerning the ministry that is done towards the saints, it is superfluous for me to write unto you. [2] For I know your forward mind: for which I boast of you to the Macedonians. That Achaia also is ready from the year past, and your emulation hath provoked very many. [3] Now I have sent the brethren, that the thing which we boast of concerning you, be not made void in this behalf, that (as I have said) you may be ready: [4] Lest, when the Macedonians shall come with me, and find you unprepared, we (not to say ye) should be ashamed in this matter. [5] Therefore I thought it necessary to desire the brethren that they would go to you before, and prepare this blessing before promised, to be ready, so as a blessing, not as covetousness.

[6] Now this I say: He who soweth sparingly, shall also reap sparingly: and he who soweth in blessings, shall also reap blessings. [7] Every one as he hath determined in his heart, not with sadness, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. [8] And God is able to make all grace abound in 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 justice remaineth for ever. [10] And he that ministereth seed to the sower, will both give you bread to eat, and will multiply your seed, and increase the growth of the fruits of your justice:

[11] That being enriched in all things, you may abound unto all simplicity, which worketh through us thanksgiving to God. [12] Because the administration of this office doth not only supply the want of the saints, but aboundeth also by many thanksgivings in the Lord, [13] By the proof of this ministry, glorifying God for the obedience of your confession unto the gospel of Christ, and for the simplicity of your communicating unto them, and unto all. [14] And in their praying for you, being desirous of you, because of the excellent grace of God in you. [15] Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

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