The collection for the Lord’s people
1Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 3Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. 4If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.
5After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you – for I will be going through Macedonia. 6Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
10When Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.
12Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.
13Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14Do everything in love.
15You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, 16to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labours at it. 17I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
19The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla#Greek Prisca, a variant of Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.
22If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord#The Greek for Come, Lord reproduces an Aramaic expression (Marana tha) used by early Christians. !
23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.#Some manuscripts do not have Amen.
Footnotes for the Book of 1 Corinthians
a 1 Some manuscripts proclaimed to you God’s mystery
b 9 Isaiah 64:4
c 13 Or Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual
d 16 Isaiah 40:13
a 5 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
b 5 Or of his body
c 11 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 8:11, 13.
d 13 Deut. 13:5; 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21,24; 24:7
a 8 Or widowers
b 36 Or if she is getting beyond the usual age for marriage
c 36-38 Or 36If anyone thinks he is not treating his daughter properly, and if she is getting along in years (or if her passions are too strong), and he feels she ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. He should let her get married. 37But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind to keep the virgin unmarried – this man also does the right thing. 38So then, he who gives his virgin in marriage does right, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.
a 5 That is, Peter
b 9 Deut. 25:4
a 3 Or of the wife is her husband
b 4-7 Or 4Every man who prays or prophesies with long hair dishonours his head. 5But every woman who prays or prophesies with no covering of hair dishonours her head – she is just like one of the ‘shorn women’. 6If a woman has no covering, let her be for now with short hair; but since it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair shorn or shaved, she should grow it again. 7A man ought not to have long hair
c 10 Or have a sign of authority on her
a 1 Or languages
b 3 Some manuscripts body to the flames
a 3 Or you at the first
b 5 That is, Peter
c 27 Psalm 8:6
d 32 Isaiah 22:13
e 33 From the Greek poet Menander
f 45 Gen. 2:7
g 49 Some early manuscripts so let us
h 54 Isaiah 25:8
i 55 Hosea 13:14