“He who supplies seed
To the sower
Your seed for sowing
Of your righteousness.”
ὁ δὲ ἐπιχορηγῶν σπέρμα τῷ σπείροντι καὶ ἄρτον εἰς βρῶσιν χορηγήσει καὶ πληθυνεῖ καὶ πληθυνεῖ καὶ αὐξήσει τὰ γενήματα τῆς δικαιοσύνης ὑμῶν·
Paul said that he who supplies seed (ὁ δὲ ἐπιχορηγῶν σπέρμα) to the sower (τῷ σπείροντι) and bread (καὶ ἄρτον) for food (εἰς βρῶσιν) will supply (χορηγήσει) and multiply (καὶ πληθυνεῖ) your seed for sowing (καὶ πληθυνεῖ) and increase (καὶ αὐξήσει) the harvest (τὰ γενήματα) of your righteousness (τῆς δικαιοσύνης ὑμῶν). Paul continued with his agricultural analogy and the harvest of righteousness by citing Isaiah, chapter 55:10. “As the rain comes down from heaven, as the snow comes down from heaven, they do not return there until they have watered the earth. They make it come forth. They make it sprout. They give seed to the sower. They give bread to the eater.” Second Isaiah emphasized the importance of the word of Yahweh. Water and snow do not return empty handed to heaven. Apparently, these biblical writers were aware of osmosis. The water and the snow helped bring about germination of the sprouts from the ground. They made the seeds of the sower grow. They assisted in making bread for humans to eat. So too, the word of Yahweh will not come back empty either. His words must accomplish their purpose. His word will be successful in making things grow. Paul used these ideas to emphasize that God had given the Corinthians seed and bread so that they had a bountiful harvest. They were increasing in righteousness. They had everything in abundance. Were they willing to share from their God given abundance?