16:1 Now concerning 1 the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
(1) Collections in ancient times were made by the
appointment of the apostle appointment to be the first day of the week, on
which day the manner was then to assemble themselves.
16:2 Upon the a
first [day] of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as [God] hath b
prospered him, that 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 has blessed him with.
16:3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall
approve by [your] c letters, them will I
send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
(c) Which you will give to them to carry.
And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
(2) The rest of the epistle is spent in writing
of familiar matters, yet so that all things are referred to his purposed mark,
that is to say, to the glory of God, and the edifying of the Corinthians.
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
16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be
with you e without fear: for he worketh
the work of the Lord, as I also [do].
(e) Without any just occasion of fear.
16:11 Let no man therefore despise him: but
conduct him forth f in peace, that he
may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
(f) Safe and sound, and that with every type of
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of g
Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have h
addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
(g) Stephanas is the name of a man and not of a
(h) Given themselves wholly to the ministry.
16:16 That ye i
submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with [us], and
(i) That you honour and revere them, be obedient
to them, and be content to be ruled by them, as you properly should, seeing
that they have bestowed themselves and their goods, and this to help you with
16:18 For they have
refreshed my k spirit and yours:
therefore l acknowledge ye them that are
(k) My heart.
(l) Take them for such men as they are indeed.
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema m
(m) By these words are meant the severest type of
curse and excommunication that was among the Jews: and the words are as much
as to say, "As our Lord comes". So that his meaning may be this,
"Let him be accursed even to the coming of the Lord", that is to
say, to the day of his death, even for ever.