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1 Corinthians 16


 1 Concerning (1) (*) the (♠) gathering for the Saints, as I have ordained in the Churches (♣) of Galatia, so do ye also.


(1) Collections in old time were made by the Apostleís appointment the first day of the week, on which day the manner was then to assemble themselves.

(*) Acts 11:29; Acts 12:25; Romans 12:13 .

(♠) Upon the first day of the week which the Scripture calleth the Lordís day, others Sunday, they accustomed not only in the Church but at home also according to every manís zeal, to lay up some piece of money toward the relief of the poor brethren.

(♣) Acts 18:23 .


 2 Every (a) first day of the week, let every one of you put aside by himself, and lay up as God hath (b) prospered him, that then there be no gatherings when I come.


(a) Which in times past was called Sunday, but now is called the Lord's day.
(b) That every man bestow, according to the ability that God hath blessed him with.


 3 And when I am come, whomsoever ye shall allow (*) by (c) letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.


(*) Which ye shall send by them that carry the money.

(c) Which you shall give them to carry.


 4  (2) And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.


(2) The residue of the Epistle is spent in writing of familiar matters, yet so that all things be referred to his purposed mark, that is to say, to the glory of God, and the edifying of the Corinthians.


 5 Now I will come unto you, after I have gone through Macedonia (for I will pass through Macedonia.)


 6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, or winter with you, that ye may bring me on my way, whithersoever I go.


 7 For I will not see you now in my passage, but I trust to abide a while with you, if the Lord permit.


 8 And I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.


 9 For a great door and (d) (*) effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.


(d) Very fit and convenient to do great things by.

(*) Because God blessed his labor.


 10  ∂ Now if Timothy come, see that he be (e) (*) without fear with you, for he worketh the work of the Lord, even as I do.


(e) Without any just occasion of fear.

(*) Willing that they should defend him against the adversaries of Christ because it is the Churches duty to be careful for the preservation of their ministers.


 11 Let no man therefore (*) despise him; but convey him forth (f) in peace, that he may come unto me; for I look for him with the brethren.


(*) As though he were to young to be a minister.

(f) Safe and sound, and that with all kind of courtesy.


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


 13  ∂  (*) Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, and be strong.


(*) Lest Satan steal upon you at unawares.


 14 Let all your things be done in (*) love.


(*) For they had every man respect to himself contrary to love.


 15 Now brethren, I beseech you (ye know the house of (g) Stephanas, that it is the (*) firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have (h) given themselves to minister unto the Saints.)


(g) Stephanas is the name of a man and not of a woman.

(*) That is, the first which embraced the Gospel.
(h) Given themselves wholly to the ministry.


 16 That ye be (i) (*) obedient even unto such, and to all that help with us and labor.


(i) That you honor and reverence them be obedient to them and be content to be ruled by them, as meet is you should, seeing they have bestowed themselves, and their goods to help you withal.

(*) And reverence them.


 17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for they have (*) supplied the want of you.


(*) The grief that I took for your absence, was greatly assuaged by their presence.


 18 For they have comforted my (k) (*) spirit and yours; (l) acknowledge therefore such men.


(k) Mine heart.

(*) Or, mind.
(l) Take them for such men as they are indeed.


 19 The Churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla with the Church that is in their house, salute you greatly in the Lord.


 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with a (*) holy (♣) kiss.


(*) Romans 16:16; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Peter 5:14 .

(♣) In token of mutual love, which thing was observed in the primitive Church when the Lordís Supper was ministered.


 21 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand.


 22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be had in execration (m) (*) Maranatha.


(m) By these words, is betokeneth the severest kind of curse and excommunication that was amongst the Jews; and the words are as much as to say, as our Lord cometh. So that his meaning may be this, Let him be accursed even to the coming of the Lord, that is to say, to the deathís day, even forever.

(*) Or, yea excommunicate to death.


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


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




The first Epistle to the Corinthians, written from Philippi, and sent by Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus, and Timothy.





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