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

  • Brianna vs. 7
    The Bible definitely encourages the act of gift giving and to be generous with such. I know many people apply this scripture to tithes, but when you read the full chapter it goes beyond that. Paul encouraged Christians here to be generous towards those who renounced material possession to assist people spiritually, and also to be generous towards a "relief" ministry.
  • Steven
    Does Gen 14 establish prelaw tithing as a doctrine? Abraham tithed the spoils of war. And then gave the other 90% back to the King of Sodom. Not according to Numbers 31: 27-30 7 Gen 28 Jacob vowed to tithe but never did so how does that establish tithing as a doctrine. 2CORN 9:7 Necessity: imposed either by the circumstances, or by law of duty regarding to one's advantage, custom, argument.

  • 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

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