1 Corinthians Chapter 16

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Introduction

The doctrinal part of this epistle was closed at the end of the 15th chapter. See the Introduction. Before closing the epistle, Paul adverts to some subjects of a miscellaneous nature, and particularly to the subject of a collection for the poor and persecuted Christians in Judea, on which his heart was much set, and to which he several times adverts in his epistles. See "1Cor 16:1".

This subject he had suggested to them when he was with them, and they had expressed, some time before, the utmost readiness to make the collection, and Paul had commended their readiness when he was urging the same subject in Macedonia. See 2 Corinthians Chapter 9. It is evident, however, that for some cause, perhaps owing to the divisions and contentions in the church, this collection had not yet been made. Paul, therefore, calls their attention to it, and urges them to make it, and to forward it either by him alone, or with others, whom they might designate, to Judea, 1Cor 16:1ff. In connexion with this, he expresses his intention of coming to Corinth, and perhaps of passing the winter with them. He was then in Ephesus. He was expecting to go to Macedonia, probably on the business of the collection. He purposed not to visit them on his way to Macedonia, but on his return. He had formerly intended to pass through Corinth on his way to Macedonia, and had perhaps, given them such an intimation of his purpose, 2Cor 1:16, 2Cor 1:17. But from some cause, See "2Cor 1:15, also 2Cor 1:16ff he tells the Christians that he had abandoned the purpose of seeing them on the way to Macedonia, though he still intended to go to Macedonia, trod would see them on his return, 1Cor 16:5ff. At that time there was a state of things in Ephesus which required his presence. His labours were greatly blessed; and, as a consequence which often attends the successful preaching of the gospel, there was much opposition. He had resolved, therefore, to remain in Ephesus until Pentecost, 1Cor 16:8, 1Cor 16:9. In the mean time, to show them his deep interest in them, he informed them that Timothy was coming among them, for whom he asked a kind and cordial reception, and assured them that he had endeavoured to persuade Apollos to visit them, but was not able, 1Cor 16:10ff. Paul then urges them to watch, and be firm, and live in love, 1Cor 16:13, 1Cor 16:14;) and then besought them to show particular attention to the family of Stephanas, the first fruits of Achaia, 1Cor 16:15, 1Cor 16:16;) and expresses his gratitude that Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus had come to him at Ephesus, 1Cor 16:17, 1Cor 16:18. They were probably the persons by whom the Corinthians had sent their letter, 1Cor 7:1, and by whom Paul sent this epistle. He then closes the whole epistle with Christian salutations; with an expression of regard in his own handwriting; with a solemn charge to love the Lord Jesus Christ, as the great thing to be done, and with the assurance that, if not done, it would expose the soul to a dreadful curse when the Lord should come; with an invocation of the grace of the Lord Jesus to be with them; and with a tender expression of his own love to them all, 1Cor 16:19ff.

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1: Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. edit

2: Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. edit

3: And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. edit

4: And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. edit

5: Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: edit

6: And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. edit

7: For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. edit

8: But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. edit

9: For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. edit

10: Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. edit

11: Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren. edit

12: As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time. edit

13: Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. edit

14: Let all your things be done with charity. edit

15: I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) edit

16: That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth. edit

17: I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied. edit

18: For they have refreshed my spirit and your's: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such. edit

19: The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. edit

20: All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss. edit

21: The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. edit

22: If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. edit

23: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. edit

24: My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. edit

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