THE FIRST EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
1 Corinthians 16 ©
1 The apostle exhorts the congregation of Corinth that after the example of the congregations of Galatia they would make a collection for the poor believers in Jerusalem. 2 Shows them how the same may be capably done on the first day of the week. 3 And by whom sent thither, offering also his own service for this purpose. 5 Promises that he will come through Macedonia unto them and tarry for a time with them. 8 Gives reason why he must tarry yet at Ephesus until Pentecost. 10 Exhorts them that they should courteously receive Timothy, and let him depart, and that they should take it for their good that Apollos somewhat defers his coming. 13 Adds thereto a general exhortation to steadfastness in the faith and love. 15 And in particular that they have the household of Stephanas in esteem, seeing he, with Fortunatus and Achaicus, greatly refreshed him. 19 Salutes the Church of Corinth from the Church of Asia, and particularly from Aquila and Priscilla, 21 and salutes them also himself with his own hand. 22 Denounces a curse to all who do not truly love Christ. 23 Wishes the faithful the grace of God, and promises them his love.
NOW concerning 1the collection for 2the saints, as I 3have given order 4to the churches of Galatia, even so 5do ye.
Upona the 6first day 7of the week let 8every one of you 9lay by him in 10store, as God 11hath prospered him, that 12there be no gatherings when I come.
And when I come, 13whomsoever ye shall approve 14by your letters, them will I send to bring your 15liberality unto Jerusalem.
And if it be 16meet 17that I go also, they shall go with me.
Now Ib will come unto you, 18when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.
And it 19may be that I will abide, yea, and 20winter with you, that 21ye may bring me on my journey 22whithersoever I go.
For I will not see you now 23by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, 24if the Lord permit.
But I will tarry 25at Ephesus until 26Pentecost.
For a great 27door and 28effectual is opened unto me, and there are 29many adversaries.
Now if 30Timotheus come, see that he may be with you 31without fear: for he worketh 32the work of the Lord, 33as I also do.
Let no man therefore 34despise him: but conduct him forth 35in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
As touching our brother 36Apollos, I 37greatly 38desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was 39not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.
40Watch ye, 41stand fast in the faith, 42quitc you like men, 43be strong.
44Let all your things be done with charity.
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know 45the house of 46Stephanas, that it is 47the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have 48addicted themselves 49to the ministry of the saints,)
That ye 50submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that 51helpeth with us, and laboureth.
I am glad 52of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for 53that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
For they have 54refreshed 55my spirit and 56yours: therefore 57acknowledge ye them that are such.
The churches 58of Asia salute you. 59Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, 60with the church that is in their house.
All the brethren greet you. Greetd ye one another 61with an holy kiss.
The salutation of me Paul with 62mine own hand.
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be 63Anathema 64Maran-atha.
65The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
66My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.