But the LORD said to my father David, "Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name, you have done well to have this desire.
However, the LORD said to my father David, "Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name, you have done well to have this desire.
"His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master's joy!'
Dear friend, you are showing your faith by whatever you do for the brothers, and this [you are doing] for strangers;
they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God,
since they set out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from pagans.
Therefore, we ought to support such men, so that we can be co-workers with the truth.
But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided-- a fragrant offering, a welcome sacrifice, pleasing to God.
It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and establishment of the gospel.
Yes, they were pleased, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual benefits, then they are obligated to minister to Jews in material needs.
Or isn't He really saying it for us? Yes, this is written for us, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes should do so in hope of sharing the crop.
If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
The one who is taught the message must share his goods with the teacher.
[Instruct them] to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share,
For you sympathized with the prisoners and accepted with joy the confiscation of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves have a better and enduring possession.
Don't neglect to do good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.