Collection for the Jerusalem Church 16 1Now about the collection for the saints: You should do the same as I instructed the Galatian churches. 2On the first day of the week,[X] each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come. 3When I arrive, I will send with letters those you recommend to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem. 4If it is suitable for me to go as well, they can travel with me.   Paul’s Travel Plans   5I will come to you after I pass through Macedonia—for I will be traveling through Macedonia— 6and perhaps I will remain with you or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I go. 7I don’t want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. 8But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9because a wide door for effective ministry has opened for me[Y]—yet many oppose me. 10If Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear from you, because he is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am. 11Therefore, no one should look down on him. Send him on his way in peace so he can come to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.[Z] 12About our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers, but he was not at all willing to come now. However, he will come when he has an opportunity.   Final Exhortation   13Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. 14Your every action must be done with love. 15Brothers, you know the household of Stephanas: They are the firstfruits of Achaia and have devoted themselves to serving the saints. I urge you 16also to submit to such people, and to everyone who works and labors with them. 17I am pleased to have Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus present, because these men have made up for your absence. 18For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore recognize such people.   Conclusion   19The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, along with the church that meets in their home. 20All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21This greeting is in my own hand[A]—Paul. 22If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Maranatha that is, Lord, come![B] 23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.
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