Instructions and Greetings
1Now concerning the collection for I.e., the Christians in Jerusalemthe saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you are to do as well.
2On the first day of every week, each of you is to Lit put with himselfput aside and save as he may prosper, so that no collections need to be made when I come.
3When I arrive, whomever you approve, I will send them with letters to take your gift to Jerusalem;
4and if it is appropriate for me to go also, they will go with me.
5But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia; for I am going through Macedonia,
6and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I go.
7For I do not want to see you now just in passing; for I hope to remain with you for some time, if the Lord permits.
8But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost;
9for a wide door Lit and effectivefor effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
10Now if Timothy comes, see that he Lit is with you without reason to fearhas no reason to be afraid while among you, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I also am.
11So do not look down on him, anyone. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brothers.
12Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly encouraged him to come to you with the brothers; and it was not at all his desire to come now, but he will come when he has the opportunity.
13Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
14All that you do must be done in love.
15Now I urge you, brothers and sisters: you know the household of Stephanas, that Lit it isthey are the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to ministry to the Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s peoplesaints;
16I urge that you also be subject to such as these and to everyone who helps in the work and labors.
17I rejoice over the Or presencecoming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, because they have Or made up for your absencesupplied what was lacking on your part.
18For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
19The churches of I.e., west coast province of Asia MinorAsia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
20All the brothers and sisters greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21The greeting is in my own hand—that of Paul.
22If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be Gr anathemaaccursed. Aramaic [Our] Lord, come!Maranatha!
23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.