2 Corinthians 9:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV: "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."

2 Corinthians 9:6, ESV: "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."

2 Corinthians 9:6, KJV: "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."

2 Corinthians 9:6, NASB: "Now I say this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows generously will also reap generously."

2 Corinthians 9:6, NLT: "Remember this--a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop."

2 Corinthians 9:6, CSB: "The point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously."

What does 2 Corinthians 9:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Corinthians are being urged to follow through on their previous commitment. They had promised to give generously to meet the needs of Jerusalem Christians. Paul now begins to talk about why giving in this way matters so much, both for the givers and those who receive the gift.

He begins by referencing Proverbs 11:24–26 to cite a general principle. This holds true both in the natural and spiritual worlds: larger harvests typically require larger planting. The one who sows less seed can expect to have less grain. The one who plants more seed will have a more bountiful harvest.

Paul wants the Corinthians to catch the vision that their financial contributions to the needs of other believers can bring spiritual results. The more they can "plant" out of a heart of true, Christlike love for their spiritual siblings, the more that love will bear crops. Those results are not in money coming back to the Corinthians, but in the spiritual lives of the givers and those who receive their gifts. In that sense, money becomes more than just money. It becomes evidence of love given in the name of Christ.