2 Corinthians
Chapter 9

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1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:

2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.

3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:

4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.

5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

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.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward 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 righteousness remaineth for ever.

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Commentary for 2 Corinthians 9

The reason for sending Titus to collect their alms. (1-5) The Corinthians to be liberal and cheerful, The apostle thanks God for his unspeakable gift. (6-15)1-5 When we would have others do good, we must act toward them prudently and tenderly, and give them time. Christians should consider what is for the credit of their profession, and endeavour to adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in all things. The duty of ministering to the saints is so plain, that there would seem no need to exhort Christians to it; yet self-love contends so powerfully against the love of Christ, that it is often necessary to stir up their minds by way of remembrance.

6-15 Money bestowed in charity, may to the carnal mind seem thrown away, but when given from proper principles, it is seed sown, from which a valuable increase may be expected. It should be given carefully. Works of charity, like other good works, should be done with thought and design. Due thought, as to our circumstances, and those we are about to relieve, will direct our gifts for charitable uses. Help should be given freely, be it more or less; not grudgingly, but cheerfully. While some scatter, and yet increase; others withhold more than is meet, and it tends to poverty. If we had more faith and love, we should waste less on ourselves, and sow more in hope of a plentiful increase. Can a man lose by doing that with which God is pleased? He is able to make all grace abound towards us, and to abound in us; to give a large increase of spiritual and of temporal good things. He can make us to have enough in all things; and to be content with what we have. God gives not only enough for ourselves, but that also wherewith we may supply the wants of others, and this should be as seed to be sown. We must show the reality of our subjection to the gospel, by works of charity. This will be for the credit of our profession, and to the praise and glory of God. Let us endeavour to copy the example of Christ, being unwearied in doing good, and deeming it more blessed to give than to receive. Blessed be God for the unspeakable gift of his grace, whereby he enables and inclines some of his people to bestow upon others, and others to be grateful for it; and blessed be his glorious name to all eternity, for Jesus Christ, that inestimable gift of his love, through whom this and every other good thing, pertaining to life and godliness, are freely given unto us, beyond all expression, measure, or bounds.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 9

  • Bernice on 2 Corinthians 9:11
    Amen glory be to God. Die will be done on earth
  • FinnSamantha on 2 Corinthians 9:7
    As long as the road is right, you are not afraid of the road
  • D W L on 2 Corinthians 9
    Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. -- Jesus said not to leave the other Tithe undone. If Jesus said it its so.
  • God39s Property - in Reply on 2 Corinthians 9
    Sometimes it is difficult to get the full understanding of a scripture as written in the KJV because it's written in that old English way of speaking. Remember, that's not the original verbiage. I strongly recommend looking at some other versions for a better understanding of some scriptures. God bless!
  • Sheba on 2 Corinthians 9
    Sow bountifully out of love, and you shall reap bountifully. I have experienced this over and over in the time I needed it most. God's rules are permanent and I love his laws. God truly has unspeakable gifts. Be enriched by God's grace.
  • Brianna Vs. 8 on 2 Corinthians 9
    I love sharing this scripture with others. This scriptures gives encouragement that our ability to survive in this world whether it be emotionally, mentally, or even financially is dependent upon our relationship with Him. Whether we are single, poor, or disadvantage Jehovah God's blessing can make us self sufficient in all things. Then we can be truly happy, despite our circumstances.
  • A disciple on 2 Corinthians 9
    '...touching the ministering to the saints," I want to hammer on something again, that is apparently completely unknown or despised by many Churches. If you're wondering why I "hammer" on the Churches; its because they are hugely responsible for the great falling away of many and the overflowing of all bounds and restraint in the world today! TITHINGS AND OFFERINGS ARE FOR THE NEEDS OF THE SAINTS!
  • God39s Property - in Reply on 2 Corinthians 9
    Yes! Absolutely correct. It's not for building wealth in the 'church'; building megachurchs, having worldwide radio stations; etc; etc. It is for the needs of the saints..some of whom are almost preyed on, giving the 'widow's mite' to support these other ventures of 'ministry'.

    Thank you, brother
  • Coc - in Reply on 2 Corinthians 9
    I read your comment with interest. Many fail to understand that tithing is not a part of the New Testament church. No where in the New testament did Paul state "tithes." That was in the OT as it involved more than monetary giving. In the NT it is "only" offering" as one profited.
  • Peter A. Okebukola on 2 Corinthians 9
    Eternal truths- He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.


 

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