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2 Corinthians 9 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

For I Have Boasted of Your Eagerness To Others, So I Want You Ready When I Come

For indeed, it is superfluous for me to write to you concerning the ministry[a] to the saints. For I know your eagerness, which I am boasting about you to the Macedonians— that “Achaia has been prepared [to give] since last year”. And your zeal stirred-up the majority. But I sent the brothers in order that our boast about you might not be made-empty in this respect: in order that, just as I was saying, you may be prepared, that we should not somehow be put-to-shame (that I not say you) in this confidence[b] if Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared. Therefore I regarded it necessary to urge the brothers that they go-ahead to you and prepare-beforehand your previously-promised blessing[c], that this may be ready thus as a blessing and not as greediness[d].

Sow For Blessings, As You Freely Choose In Your Hearts: God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Now this[e] I say: the one sowing sparingly will also reap sparingly. And the one sowing for[f] blessings will also reap for blessings. Each should give just as he has chosen-beforehand[g] in his heart— not out of grief [h] or out of compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to cause all grace to abound to you in order that in everything, always having all sufficiency, you may be abounding for every good work. Just as it has been written [in Ps 112:9], “He scattered, he gave to the needy ones, his righteousness remains forever”.

God Will Multiply Your Seed And Fruit, And Your Gift Will Abound To His Glory

10 And the One supplying seed to the one sowing[i], and bread for eating, will supply and multiply your seed, and will grow the fruits of [j] your righteousness. 11 In everything you will be enriched for all generosity, which through[k] us is going to produce thanksgiving to God, 12 because the ministry of [l] this service[m] is not only going to be filling-up the needs of the saints, but also abounding through many thanksgivings to God! 13 Through the approvedness of this ministry, they will be glorifying God for the obedience of [n] your confession to[o] the good-news of Christ, and the generosity[p] of the contribution for them and for all, 14 while they also are yearning-for you in prayer for you because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift[q].


  1. 2 Corinthians 9:1 That is, the details of this ministry to the saints in Jerusalem. There is no need to promote this ministry.
  2. 2 Corinthians 9:4 Or, project, undertaking.
  3. 2 Corinthians 9:5 That is, blessing for those in Jerusalem.
  4. 2 Corinthians 9:5 That is, as an exhibit of your blessing them by giving, and not as an exhibit of your greediness in withholding what you promised.
  5. 2 Corinthians 9:6 Or, Now as to this giving.
  6. 2 Corinthians 9:6 That is, for the purpose of.
  7. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Or, preferred, purposed.
  8. 2 Corinthians 9:7 That is, a heart grieving or pained over the loss of the money.
  9. 2 Corinthians 9:10 sowing... multiply. Or, sowing, will both supply bread for eating and multiply.
  10. 2 Corinthians 9:10 That is, consisting of; or, proceeding from.
  11. 2 Corinthians 9:11 That is, through our delivery of your gift.
  12. 2 Corinthians 9:12 That is, consisting of.
  13. 2 Corinthians 9:12 That is, public-service for God (for the believing public); or, priestly-service.
  14. 2 Corinthians 9:13 That is, proceeding from; or, to. Or, the obedience to the good news of Christ characterizing your confession.
  15. 2 Corinthians 9:13 Or, with reference to.
  16. 2 Corinthians 9:13 Or, more broadly, the sincerity of the fellowship toward them and toward all.
  17. 2 Corinthians 9:15 That is, gift of grace, referring either to that given in His Son, the model of all giving, or to the gift of grace enabling the Corinthians to abound (as in 8:1); or, to the anticipated result of the gift given by them.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing

2 Corinthians 9 New International Version (NIV)

There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people. For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

Generosity Encouraged

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


  1. 2 Corinthians 9:9 Psalm 112:9
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