2 Corinthians 9:9
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New International Version
As it is written: "They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever."

New Living Translation
As the Scriptures say, "They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever."

English Standard Version
As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

Berean Study Bible
As it is written: "He has scattered abroad His gifts to the poor; His righteousness endures forever."

Berean Literal Bible
As it has been written: "He has scattered abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness abides to the age."

New American Standard Bible
as it is written, "HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER."

King James Bible
(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As it is written: He scattered; He gave to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.

International Standard Version
As it is written, "He scatters everywhere and gives to the poor; his righteousness lasts forever."

NET Bible
Just as it is written, "He has scattered widely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness remains forever."

New Heart English Bible
As it is written, "He has scattered, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
According to what is written: “He has dispersed and he has given to the poor, and his righteousness stands for eternity.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Scripture says, "The righteous person gives freely to the poor. His righteousness continues forever."

New American Standard 1977
as it is written,
            “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR,
            HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ABIDES FOREVER.”



Jubilee Bible 2000
As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor; his righteousness remains for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
(As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: his righteousness remains forever.

American King James Version
(As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: his righteousness remains for ever.

American Standard Version
as it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; His righteousness abideth for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As it is written: He hath dispersed abroad, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
according as it is written, He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor, his righteousness remains for ever.

English Revised Version
as it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; His righteousness abideth for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
(As it is written, He hath dispersed; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Weymouth New Testament
As it is written, "He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor, his almsgiving remains for ever."

World English Bible
As it is written, "He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor. His righteousness remains forever."

Young's Literal Translation
(according as it hath been written, 'He dispersed abroad, he gave to the poor, his righteousness doth remain to the age,')

Study Bible
God Loves a Cheerful Giver
8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9As it is written: “He has scattered abroad His gifts to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” 10Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your store of seed and will increase the harvest of your righteousness.…
Cross References
Psalm 112:9
He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your store of seed and will increase the harvest of your righteousness.
Treasury of Scripture

(As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: his righteousness remains for ever.

He hath dispersed. See on

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

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Psalm 112:3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures for ever.

Proverbs 8:18 Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable riches and righteousness.

Proverbs 21:21 He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, …

Isaiah 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall …

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest …

Galatians 5:5,6 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith…

(9) As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad.--The words are quoted from the LXX. version of Psalm 112:9. At first it might almost seem as if they were quoted in a different sense from the original, and applied, not to the giver of alms, but to God as the giver of all good, dispersing His bounty and showing His righteousness. There are, however, sufficient grounds for taking them in their true meaning here also. "The good man gives to the poor," the Psalmist had said; "but he is not impoverished by his gifts. His righteousness" (the word is used as it perhaps is in the better text in Matthew 6:1--but see Note there--in the sense of alms-giving) "continues still and for ever." He can, i.e., go on giving from a constantly replenished store. That this is the meaning is shown by 2Corinthians 9:3 of the Psalm: "Wealth and riches shall be in his house, and his righteousness endureth for ever:" the latter clause corresponding to the former, according to the laws of parallelism in Hebrew poetry.

Verse 9. - As it is written. The quotation is from the LXX. in Psalm 112:9. He hath dispersed abroad. He has been a large and generous giver. The poor. The word here used is penes, which does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament. It means moderato and honourable poverty, whereas in classical Greek ptocheia implies disreputable pauperism and mendicancy (comp. 2 Corinthians 8:9). His righteousness. Meaning here his good deeds. The word is often rendered "pity" by the LXX. (eleemosune, from which word comes our "alms"), and this word occurs as a synonymous reading in Matthew 6:1. Remaineth forever. Because -

"Good deeds never die.
They with the sun and moon renew their light,
Forever blessing him that looks on them."
As it is written,.... In Psalm 112:9 where it is said of the good and righteous man,

he hath dispersed "his riches", his substance, as the Chaldee paraphrase adds by way of explanation; not in a profuse extravagant manner, but with wisdom and prudence, and yet largely and liberally, according to his ability. Just as the sower scatters his seed here, and there, and in every place, with an open and wide hand, to the good man distributes to all in necessity, and makes them all partakers of his bounty; he gives not only to one, but to many, and not to all without distinction he meets with, whether necessitous or not:

he hath given to the poor. This explains the former phrase, and points out the persons, the objects of the good man's bounty and compassion:

his righteousness remaineth for ever. This is not to be understood of his justifying righteousness, as if that consisted of, and was established upon his works of bounty and charity to the poor; nor of his fame among men on account of his liberality; nor of any reward in another world; but of his beneficence itself, it being common with the Jews to call alms "righteousness": See Gill on Matthew 6:1 and the sense is, that what such a man bestows in charity on the poor shall not be lost, but shall be like the seed cast into the earth, shall spring up again, and bring forth fruit with increase, according to what follows. 9. As it is written—realizing the highly blessed character portrayed in Ps 112:9.

He—the "good man" (Ps 112:5).

dispersed—as seed sown with full and open hand, without anxious thought in what direction each grain may fall. It is implied also that he has always what he may disperse [Bengel]. So in Ps 112:9.

the poor—The Greek word is found here only in New Testament, "one in straitened circumstances, who earns his bread by labor." The word usually employed means "one so poor as to live by begging."

his righteousness—Here "beneficence": the evidence of his being righteous before God and man. Compare De 24:13; Mt 6:1, "alms"; Greek, "righteousness."

remaineth—unexhausted and unfailing.9:6-15 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.
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