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The Cheerful Giver

"But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Tithe & Offering

The word tithing appears only once in the King James Bible (Deuteronomy 26:12), while the word tithe (from the Hebrew word for "tenth," Strong's Concordance #H4643) and its plural occurs 38 times. The first place it is mentioned in Scripture, by name, is in Genesis when Abram (later Abraham) gave the priest Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils he won after he battled several kings (Genesis 14:18 - 20). Modern tithing is the practice of a person giving a tenth of their "increase" to support a religious purpose such as preaching the gospel, support of paid pastors, church-related expenses, and so on.