1: For concerning the ministration which [is] for the saints, it is superfluous my writing to you. 2: For I know your readiness, which I boast of as respects you to Macedonians, that Achaia is prepared since a year ago, and the zeal [reported] of you has stimulated the mass [of the brethren]. 3: But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made void in this respect, in order that, as I have said, ye may be prepared; 4: lest haply, if Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we, that we say not ye, may be put to shame in this confidence. 5: I thought it necessary therefore to beg the brethren that they would come to you, and complete beforehand your fore-announced blessing, that this may be ready thus as blessing, and not as got out of you. 6: But this [is true], he that sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that sows in [the spirit of] blessing shall reap also in blessing: 7: each according as he is purposed in his heart; not grievingly, or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8: But God is able to make every gracious gift abound towards you, that, having in every way always all-sufficiency, ye may abound to every good work: 9: according as it is written, He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor, his righteousness remains for ever. 10: Now he that supplies seed to the sower and bread for eating shall supply and make abundant your sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness: 11: enriched in every way unto all free-hearted liberality, which works through us thanksgiving to God. 12: Because the ministration of this service is not only filling up the measure of what is lacking to the saints, but also abounding by many thanksgivings to God; 13: they glorifying God through the proof of this ministration, by reason of your subjection, by profession, to the glad tidings of the Christ, and your free-hearted liberality in communicating towards them and towards all; 14: and in their supplication for you, full of ardent desire for you, on account of the exceeding grace of God [which is] upon you. 15: Thanks [be] to God for his unspeakable free gift.