2 Corinthians 9:7

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euerie man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him giue; not grudgingly, or of necessitie: for God loueth a cheerefull giuer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Each one {must do} just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`Let' each man `do' according as he hath purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let every man do after the purpose of his heart; not giving with grief, or by force: for God takes pleasure in a ready giver.
- Basic English Bible

each according as he is purposed in his heart; not grievingly, or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
- Darby Bible

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or by constraint: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
- Webster's Bible

Let each contribute what he has decided upon in his own mind, and not do it reluctantly or under compulsion. "It is a cheerful giver that God loves."
- Weymouth Bible

Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.
- World English Bible

Ech man as he castide in his herte, not of heuynesse, or of nede; for God loueth a glad yyuere.
- Wycliffe Bible

each one, according as he doth purpose in heart, not out of sorrow or out of necessity, for a cheerful giver doth God love,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 9:7

9:7 Of necessity - Because he cannot tell how to refuse.

People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 9:7

2Co 9:7 Not grudgingly, or of necessity. Where one gives by compulsion, or to secure popular applause, or grudgingly, he is not approved. For God loveth a cheerful giver. The giving must be "cheerful". It is the cheerful giver whom the Lord loves.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 9

  • Glenda
    GOD IS ABLE : so powerful
    It is better to give then to recieve Amen
  • I have been going through verses about tighing, it was indeed directed to the israelits not anybody else, but as you know people takes advantage of other people especially if you are lazy to read scriptures. God loves a cheerfully giver
  • Lilian
    God have reminded us to sow the seeds of the righteousness in order for us to reap sparingly. Without sowing we wont reap. I think it reminds us also that we must be committed to our tights and offerings in the church. We must give our first fruit of his blessings as all blessings came from God and it will only belongs to him. Blessed are those who have obedience in God's words without obedience to the Father we wont be blessed nor be healed. We are now live because of the blood of Jesus Christ that shed for us. Our life belongs to him only and we must follow and live like Jesus for he has the master key to open each door for us. amen and thank you Lord and i will trust you and praised you forever for you are worthy to be praised. Amen
  • Anne
    We are reminded here that when we give with the right attitude, we shall be blessed.
  • Jackie Parmer Cortez
    This passage to me is a letter written in reference to an earlier promise or commitment made to gather together a gift of harvest from the congregation of the Corinthian 's Church. Interestingly enough it sounds like a reminder and a collection notice...even a little manipulation to avoid shame or embarrassment if the promise was not kept. Then he went on with exhorting, siting benefits for giving and promises for sustenance to be able to continue the work and commitments, how giving shows obedience to god and gratefulness to Him....he even added the freedom to give from the heart with out compulsion the entire letter seems to be a compulsion....reminding them to keep their word of promise , ultimately expressing that God loves a cheerful giver.... I was a little disturbed by the way the letter seemed like a nice collection note...and that that the Corinthians were used to set an example for the other churches...I don 't know about the sending of men to enforce and assist in the collection of the promised GIFT.....

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