Bible: 1 Corinthians 16:1-12

A Collection to Aid Jewish Christians

16:1 With regard to the collection for the saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: 1  16:2 On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income 2  and save 3  it to the extent that God has blessed you, 4  so that a collection will not have to be made 5  when I come. 16:3 Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 6  16:4 And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.

Paul’s Plans to Visit

16:5 But I will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia – for I will be going through Macedonia 16:6 and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go. 16:7 For I do not want to see you now in passing, since I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. 16:8 But I will stay in Ephesus 7  until Pentecost, 16:9 because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, 8  but there are many opponents.

16:10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear among you, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I am too. 16:11 So then, let no one treat him with contempt. But send him on his way in peace so that he may come to me. For I am expecting him with the brothers. 9 

16:12 With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, 10  but it was simply not his intention to come now. 11  He will come when he has the opportunity.

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