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16 And as to the collection for the members of the church, do the same as I directed the churches of Macedonia: 2 the first day of every week let each of you lay by to accumulate whatever he is prospered to, in order that when I come there may not be taking up of collections then. 3 And when I arrive, whomever you approve I will send with letters to take your kindness to Jerusalem; 4 and if it is worth while for me to go too, they shall go with me. 5 But I will come to you when I have been through Macedonia; for I am going through Macedonia, 6 but with you I shall maybe stay a while or over the winter, in order that you may give me a send-off wherever I may be going. 7 For I do not want to pay you a passing visit now; for I hope to stay with you some time, if the Lord permits. 8 But I shall stay in Ephesus till Pentecost; 9 * for a great door for effective work has been opened to me, and there are many opponents. 10 But if Timothy comes, see to it that he is free from fear among you; for he is working at the Lord’s work the same as I am, 11 so let nobody scorn him, but start him on his way in peace to come to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers. 12 But as to Brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers, and it positively was not willed that he should come now, but he will when he gets a chance. 13 Keep awake, stand firm in the faith, be manly, take on strength. 14 * Let everything you are concerned in be done in love. 15 * But I urge you, brothers,—you know Stephanas’s family, how it was the first to come in in Achaea and they charged themselves with service to God’s people,— 16 that you too put yourselves at the disposal of folks like that and of everybody who cooperates and does the hard work. 17 * And I am glad of the arrival of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus because these filled out the shortage of you; 18 for they set my spirit at rest, and yours too. So recognize folks like that. 19 The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, with the meeting at their home, send you many greetings in the Lord. 20 All the brothers send you greetings. Give my greetings to each other with a holy kiss. 21 Greeting with my own hand from me, Paul. 22 * If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be for God’s destruction. Maran atha. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love is with you all in Christ Jesus.
^ 16:9 Lit. a great and effective door has been
^ 16:14 Lit. Let everything of yours be done in love
^ 16:15 Lit. it is firstfruits of Achaia
^ 16:17 Var. filled out your shortage
^ 16:22 Maran atha probably means Our Lord is coming but can be read so as to mean Our Lord has come or Lord, come!