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

  • Iene123
    "..... His unspeakable gift." the Holy Ghost, Acts 2:38. Jn. 15:5 - " ..... he that abideth in me and I IN HIM ..... without me ye can do nothing."
  • Joe
    Hope - I do not understand the comment "directed to the israelits not anybody else". Those in Achaia and Corinth were belivers not just Israelites. Are you making the distinction between regular tithing and simple helping those in time of need?
  • BSP
    Verse 15 talks about the indescribable or unspeakable gift that God has given us by the sacrifice of Jesus' life in our behalf.
  • 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
  • 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.....
  • I think that it shall be a good lesson for children to learn what is a reward of working hard and will encourage others to work hard to get good rewards and if you fail and work a little you will gets conseqences.

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