The Collection for the Saints
1Now concerning#16:1 The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians’ letter; see 7:1; also verse 12 #See Acts 24:17the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2On #Acts 20:7; [Rev. 1:10] the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, #2 Cor. 8:3, 11 as he may prosper, #2 Cor. 9:3so that there will be no collecting when I come. 3And when I arrive, I will send #[2 Cor. 8:18, 19]those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 4If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.
Plans for Travel
5 # See ch. 4:19 I will visit you after passing through #See Acts 16:9 Macedonia, for #Acts 19:21I intend to pass through Macedonia, 6and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may #ver. 11; See Acts 15:3help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7For I do not want to see you now #[2 Cor. 1:15, 16] just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, #ch. 4:19; Acts 18:21; James 4:15if the Lord permits. 8But I will stay in Ephesus until #See Acts 2:1Pentecost, 9for #See Acts 14:27 a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and #Acts 19:9there are many adversaries.
10 # ch. 4:17; [2 Cor. 1:1] When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for #Rom. 16:21; 1 Thess. 3:2; [Phil. 2:20, 22] he is doing #See ch. 15:58the work of the Lord, as I am. 11So #1 Tim. 4:12; [Titus 2:15] let no one despise him. #ver. 6 Help him on his way #Acts 15:33in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.
12Now concerning #See Acts 18:24our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will#16:12 Or God’s will for him to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.
13 # See Matt. 24:42 Be watchful, #Gal. 5:1; Phil. 1:27; 4:1; 1 Thess. 3:8; 2 Thess. 2:15; See ch. 15:1 stand firm in the faith, #1 Sam. 4:9; 2 Sam. 10:12; Isa. 46:8 act like men, #Eph. 3:16; [Eph. 6:10; Col. 1:11]be strong. 14#ch. 14:1Let all that you do be done in love.
15Now I urge you, brothers#16:15 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 20—you know that #ch. 1:16 the household#16:15 Greek house of Stephanas were #[Rom. 16:5] the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves #See Rom. 15:31to the service of the saints— 16#1 Thess. 5:12; Heb. 13:17be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. 17I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for #Phil. 2:30; [2 Cor. 11:9; Philem. 13]your absence, 18for they #2 Cor. 7:13; [Rom. 15:32; Philem. 7, 20] refreshed my spirit as well as yours. #Phil. 2:29; 1 Thess. 5:12Give recognition to such people.
19The churches of Asia send you greetings. #See Acts 18:2 Aquila and Prisca, together with #See Rom. 16:5the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. 20All the brothers send you greetings. #See Rom. 16:16Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21I, Paul, write #Col. 4:18; 2 Thess. 3:17; [Rom. 16:22; Gal. 6:11; Philem. 19]this greeting with my own hand. 22If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be #See Rom. 9:3accursed. Our Lord, come!#16:22 Greek Maranatha (a transliteration of Aramaic) 23#Rom. 16:20The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.