1st Corinthians Chapter 16
From The Open Bible Project
16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I commanded the assemblies of Galatia, you do likewise.
- (1) Collections in ancient times were made by the appointment of the apostle appointment to be the first day of the week, on which day the manner was then to assemble themselves.
16:2 On the first day of the week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.
- (a) Which in times past was called Sunday, but now is called the Lord’s day.
- (b) That every man bestow according to the ability that God has blessed him with.
16:3 When I arrive, I will send whoever you approve with letters to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem.
- (c) Which you will give to them to carry.
16:4 If it is appropriate for me to go also, they will go with me.
- (2) The rest of the epistle is spent in writing of familiar matters, yet so that all things are referred to his purposed mark, that is to say, to the glory of God, and the edifying of the Corinthians.
16:5 But I will come to you when I have passed through Macedonia, for I am passing through Macedonia.
16:6 But with you it may be that I will stay, or even winter, that you may send me on my journey wherever I go.
16:7 For I do not wish to see you now in passing, but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.
16:8 But I will stay at Ephesus until Pentecost,
16:9 for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
- (d) Very fit and convenient to do great things by.
16:10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without fear, for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.
- (e) Without any just occasion of fear.
16:11 Therefore let no one despise him. But set him forward on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brothers.
- (f) Safe and sound, and that with every type of courtesy.
16:12 Now concerning Apollos, the brother, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers; and it was not at all his desire to come now; but he will come when he has an opportunity.
16:13 Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong!
16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
16:15 Now I beg you, brothers (you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves to serve the saints),
- (g) Stephanas is the name of a man and not of a woman.
- (h) Given themselves wholly to the ministry.
16:16 that you also be in subjection to such, and to everyone who helps in the work and labors.
- (i) That you honour and revere them, be obedient to them, and be content to be ruled by them, as you properly should, seeing that they have bestowed themselves and their goods, and this to help you with them.
16:17 I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus; for that which was lacking on your part, they supplied.
16:18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge those who are like that.
- (k) My heart.
- (l) Take them for such men as they are indeed.
16:19 The assemblies of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you much in the Lord, together with the assembly that is in their house.
16:20 All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
16:21 This greeting is by me, Paul, with my own hand.
- (m) By these words are meant the severest type of curse and excommunication that was among the Jews: and the words are as much as to say, "As our Lord comes". So that his meaning may be this, "Let him be accursed even to the coming of the Lord", that is to say, to the day of his death, even for ever.
16:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
16:24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.