THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
XII. Dealing with the Collection
of the Gift
A. The Apostle's Direction
1 Now concerning the 1acollection for the saints, 2just as I bdirected the cchurches of Galatia, so you also do.
2 On the 1afirst day of the week each one of you should lay aside in store to himself whatever he may have been prospered, that no collections be made when I come.
3 And when I arrive, whomever you approve, I will asend them with letters to carry your 1gift to bJerusalem;
B. The Apostle's Desire
4 And if it is fitting for me also to go, they will go with me.
5 Now I will acome to you when I pass through bMacedonia, for I will pass through Macedonia.
6 And perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the awinter, that you may bsend me forward wherever I may go.
7 For I do not wish to see you now just in apassing, for I am hoping to remain with you for some time, if the Lord bpermits.
8 But I will remain in 1aEphesus until bPentecost,
9 For a adoor is opened to me, great and efficacious, and there are many bopposers.
A. Intimate Charges
10 Now if aTimothy comes, see that he is with you without fear; for he is working the bwork of the Lord, even as I am.
11 Let no one therefore adespise him, but bsend him forward in cpeace that he may come to me; for I am awaiting him with the brothers.
12 And 1concerning our brother aApollos, 2I urged him many times to come to you with the brothers; yet it was 2not at all his desire to come now, but he bwill come when he has opportunity.
13 aWatch, 1bstand firm in the 2cfaith, be 3dfull-grown men, be estrong.
14 Let all your matters be done in 1alove.
15 Now I exhort you, brothers: You know the household of aStephanas, that it is the bfirstfruits of cAchaia, and they have set themselves to minister to the dsaints;
16 You also be asubject to such ones, and to everyone co-working and blaboring.
17 Now I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because these have afilled up the lack caused by your absence;
18 For they 1arefreshed my 2bspirit and yours. cAcknowledge therefore such ones.
B. Greetings and Warning
19 The achurches of bAsia greet you. cAquila and Prisca greet you much in the Lord, with the 1church, which is in their dhouse.
20 All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy akiss.
21 1The greeting in my own ahand -- Paul.
22 If anyone does not alove the Lord, let him be 1baccursed! 2The cLord comes!
23 The 1agrace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24 My 1alove in Christ Jesus be with you all.