Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
Treasury of Scripture
Deuteronomy 15:7-11,14 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the LORD your God gives you...
Proverbs 23:6-8 Eat you not the bread of him that has an evil eye, neither desire you his dainty meats...
Isaiah 32:5,8 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful...
James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brothers, lest you be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.
1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.
Exodus 25:2 Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering...
Exodus 35:5 Take you from among you an offering to the LORD: whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold...
1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me...
Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.
Proverbs 22:9 He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.
Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus...
Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy...
ContextGod Loves a Cheerful Giver
6But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9(As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: his righteousness remains for ever. 10Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God. 12For the administration of this service not only supplies the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings to God; 13Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution to them, and to all men; 14And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Every one as he hath determined in his heart, not with sadness, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Darby Bible Translation
each according as he is purposed in his heart; not grievingly, or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
King James Bible
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Young's Literal Translation
each one, according as he doth purpose in heart, not out of sorrow or out of necessity, for a cheerful giver doth God love,