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1 Corinthians 16

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Helpful directions and greetings
1Finally, as to the fund — I have given instructions to the churches in Galatia about this collection, which is to be used by the church at Jerusalem, and I repeat the same instructions to you. 2I do not wish the money to be collected when I come, but begin now, every Sabbath, to put by something as each is able to afford it. 3I want you after that to appoint certain members to travel with the amount collected to Jerusalem. 4If the sum is a large one, I shall accompany this mission myself. 5-7For I intend to be with you shortly. I hope possibly to winter with you, at any rate, if the Lord permit, to be with you for a considerable time, not merely to visit you, en route for somewhere else. And I hope that some of you will accompany me when I leave. I shall come by way of Macedonia. 8At present I remain at Ephesus until Pentecost. 9The door is open here, wide open, and much work is being done, but the opposition is great. 10-11If Timothy comes to you, let him not feel that he is unwelcome, be generous and hospitable, for it is the Lord's work that both he and I together pursue; and send him again to me with your kind thoughts, for I need him here. 12I have told Apollos again and again to go to you, and to take with him the brethren who usually accompany him; but I have never found him willing, because the opportunity has always been wanting hitherto, but he will come, when he is able. 13Be watchful and alert, stand, — for you can stand, — in the faith alone, without our help; be brave, and master yourselves. 14Then you will have nothing to fear. 15I have a thing to ask you, I beg you to remember the work Stephanas has done, the first of those who came into the faith in Achaia. He and his household have constantly ministered to those who are in the faith. 16They have set themselves to that task and it was a joy to me that they came here. 17-18Listen to them, and be guided by them, I pray you, and by all who work with them. Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus refreshed my spirit and yours too by their presence, which made up for your absence. Remember such workers as these.
19Greetings are sent to you with this from the churches of Asia, from Aquila and his wife, Priscilla, and the church which assembles in their house. 20All the brethren salute you. Salute one another, brethren, with a holy kiss.
21I now sign this letter with my own hand — Paul — and I subscribe these words. 22Let him that loves not the Lord be anathema, MARAN ATHA. 23See, I have written it with my own hand. 24The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you, and my love be with you all in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 16

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Collection for the Jerusalem Church
1Now about the collection # Ac 11:30; 2Co 8:4 for the saints: You should do the same as I instructed the Galatian # Gl 1:2 churches. 2On the first day of the week, # Or Each Sunday # Mt 28:1; Mk 16:9; Lk 24:1; Jn 20:1,19; Ac 20:7 each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come. # 2Co 9:1-5 3When I arrive, I will send with letters # 2Co 8:16-22 those you recommend to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem. # Mt 23:37; Ac 8:1 4If it is suitable for me to go as well, they can travel with me.
Paul’s Travel Plans
5I will come to you after I pass through Macedonia # Ac 16:9 — for I will be traveling through Macedonia — 6and perhaps I will remain with you or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I go. 7I don’t want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. # Ps 143:10; Pr 16:9; Jn 5:30; Gl 1:4; Eph 1:9; 1Jn 2:17 8But I will stay in Ephesus # Eph 1:1 until Pentecost, # Ex 34:22 9because a wide door # Col 4:3 for effective ministry has opened for me # Lit for a door has opened to me, great and effective — yet many oppose me. 10If Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear from you, because he is doing the Lord’s work, # Jn 5:17; 2Jn 8 just as I am. 11Therefore, no one should look down # Lk 18:9 on him. Send him on his way in peace so he can come to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers. # With the brothers may connect with Paul or Timothy.
12About our brother Apollos: # Ti 3:13 I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers, but he was not at all willing to come now. However, he will come when he has an opportunity.
Final Exhortation
13Be alert, stand firm in the faith, # Jd 3 act like a man, be strong. 14Your every action must be done with love. # 1Co 13:1
15Brothers, you know the household of Stephanas: They are the firstfruits # Lv 2:12 of Achaia # Ac 18:12 and have devoted themselves to serving the saints. I urge you 16also to submit to such people, and to everyone who works and labors with them. 17I am pleased to have Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus present, because these men have made up for your absence. 18For they have refreshed my spirit # Ps 51:12 and yours. Therefore recognize # 1Th 5:12 such people.
Conclusion
19The churches of Asia # Ac 6:9 greet you. # Rm 16:3-23; 2Co 13:12; Php 4:21-22; Col 4:10-15; 1Th 5:26; Phm 23-24 Aquila and Priscilla # Ac 18:2 greet you warmly in the Lord, along with the church that meets in their home. # Rm 16:5 20All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. # 2Co 13:12
21This greeting is in my own hand # Paul normally dictated his letters to a secretary, but signed the end of each letter himself; Rm 16:22; Gl 6:11; Col 4:18; 2Th 3:17. # 2Th 3:17 — Paul. 22If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Marana tha that is, Lord, come! # Or Maran atha (an Aram expression transliterated into Gk) = Our Lord has come! 23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. # 2Co 13:13; Gl 6:18; Eph 6:23-24; Php 4:23; Col 4:18; 1Th 5:28; 2Th 3:18 24My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.