1 Corinthians 16

Now concerning the offering for the saints, you also are to do as I directed the church of Galatia. On the first day of each week let each of you put aside something, keeping it in store as he may prosper, so that when I come there may be no collections going on. On my arrival I will send those whom you may accredit by letter to carry your bounty to Jerusalem. And if it is worth while for me to go too, they will accompany me.

Now I shall come to you after I have gone through Macedonia. I shall remain some time with you; possibly spending the winter, in order that you may help me forward in whatever journey I take. For I do not wish at this present time to see you merely in passing; but if the Lord permits, I hope to remain some time with you. I am staying for the present in Ephesus, until Pentecost; for a door has opened to me, great and effectual, and the opponents are many.

10 If Timothy come, see to it that he is among you without trepidation; for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I am, so let no one disparage him. 11 Whenever he comes to me, send him on his way in peace, for I am expecting him with the other brothers. 12 As for our Apollos, I have many times urged him to go to you with the others, but he was always unwilling to go to you at this time. He will come, however, whenever he has a good opportunity.

13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, be manly, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. 15 I beg you this, my brothers - you know the household of Stephanus, that they were the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they devoted themselves to the service of the saints - 16 so I want you also to show deference to such, and to every fellow worker, and laborer. 17 I am glad that Stephanus and Fortunatus and Achaicus have arrived, for they have made up for your absence. 18 They refresh my spirit as they do yours. So cultivate the acquaintance of such men.

19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla (Prisca), with the church that meets in their house, greet you heartily in the Lord. 20 All the brothers send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand. 22 If any one does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord is coming. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.

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