1 Corinthians 16

The Collection for the Saints

1 Now concerning 1 e the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2 On f the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, g as he may prosper, h so that there will be no collecting when I come. 3 And when I arrive, I will send i those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

Plans for Travel

5 j I will visit you after passing through k Macedonia, for l I intend to pass through Macedonia, 6 and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may m help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now n just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, o if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay in Ephesus until p Pentecost, 9 for q a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and r there are many adversaries.

10 s When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for t he is doing u the work of the Lord, as I am. 11 So v let no one despise him. w Help him on his way x in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.

Final Instructions

12 Now concerning y our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will 2 to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.

13 z Be watchful, a stand firm in the faith, b act like men, c be strong. 14 d Let all that you do be done in love.

15 Now I urge you, brothers 3 - you know that e the household 4 of Stephanas were f the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves g to the service of the saints - 16 h be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. 17 I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for i your absence, 18 for they j refreshed my spirit as well as yours. k Give recognition to such men.


19 The churches of Asia send you greetings. l Aquila and Prisca, together with m the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. 20 All the brothers send you greetings. n Greet one another with a holy kiss.

21 I, Paul, write o this greeting with my own hand. 22 If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be p accursed. Our Lord, come! 5 23 q The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 24:17
    Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 20:7
    On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
    Revelation 1:10
    I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
  3. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 8:3
    For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord.
    2 Corinthians 8:11
    So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.
  4. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 9:3
    But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be.
  5. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 8:18 - 19
    With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:19
    But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
  7. Cross References
    Acts 16:9
    And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us.
  8. Cross References
    Acts 19:21
    Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:11
    So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.
    Acts 15:3
    So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.
  10. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:15 - 16
    Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace.
  11. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:19
    But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
    Acts 18:21
    But on taking leave of them he said, "I will return to you if God wills," and he set sail from Ephesus.
    James 4:15
    Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 2:1
    When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 14:27
    And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
  14. Cross References
    Acts 19:9
    But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.
  15. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:17
    That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
    2 Corinthians 1:1
    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
  16. Cross References
    Romans 16:21
    Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.
    1 Thessalonians 3:2
    And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith.
    Philippians 2:20
    For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
    Philippians 2:22
    But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
  17. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:58
    Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
  18. Cross References
    1 Timothy 4:12
    Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
    Titus 2:15
    Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
  19. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:6
    And perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go.
  20. Cross References
    Acts 15:33
    And after they had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them.
  21. Cross References
    Acts 18:24
    Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures.
  22. Cross References
    Matthew 24:42
    Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
  23. Cross References
    Galatians 5:1
    For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm ...
    Philippians 1:27
    Only let your manner of life be worthy of the g...
    Philippians 4:1
    Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long fo...
    1 Thessalonians 3:8
    For now we live, if you are standing fast in th...
    2 Thessalonians 2:15
    So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the t...
    1 Corinthians 15:1
    Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel...
  24. Cross References
    1 Samuel 4:9
    Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews as they have been to you; be men and fight.
    2 Samuel 10:12
    Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.
    Isaiah 46:8
    Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors.
  25. Cross References
    Ephesians 3:16
    That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
    Ephesians 6:10
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
    Colossians 1:11
    May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
  26. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 14:1
    Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
  27. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:16
    (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
  28. Cross References
    Romans 16:5
    Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia.
  29. Cross References
    Romans 15:31
    That I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints.
  30. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 5:12
    We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.
    Hebrews 13:17
    Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
  31. Cross References
    Philippians 2:30
    For he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
    2 Corinthians 11:9
    And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
    Philemon 1:13
    I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel.
  32. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:13
    Therefore we are comforted. And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.
    Romans 15:32
    So that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
    Philemon 1:7
    For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
    Philemon 1:20
    Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
  33. Cross References
    Philippians 2:29
    So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men.
    1 Thessalonians 5:12
    We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.
  34. Cross References
    Acts 18:2
    And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them.
  35. Cross References
    Romans 16:5
    Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia.
  36. Cross References
    Romans 16:16
    Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
  37. Cross References
    Colossians 4:18
    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
    2 Thessalonians 3:17
    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
    Romans 16:22
    I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.
    Galatians 6:11
    See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.
    Philemon 1:19
    I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it - to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.
  38. Cross References
    Romans 9:3
    For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
  39. Cross References
    Romans 16:20
    The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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