1 Corinthians 16:1
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New International Version
Now about the collection for the Lord's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.

New Living Translation
Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God's people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia.

English Standard Version
Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.

Berean Study Bible
Now about the collection for the saints, you are to do as I directed the churches of Galatia:

Berean Literal Bible
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have directed the churches of Galatia, so also you are to do.

New American Standard Bible
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also.

King James Bible
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now about the collection for the saints: You should do the same as I instructed the Galatian churches.

International Standard Version
Now concerning the collection for the saints, you should follow the directions I gave to the churches in Galatia.

NET Bible
With regard to the collection for the saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia:

New Heart English Bible
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I commanded the churches of Galatia, you do likewise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But concerning that which has been collected for the Saints, just as I have commanded the church of Galatia, do so also.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, concerning the money to be collected for God's people [in Jerusalem]: I want you to do as I directed the churches in Galatia.

New American Standard 1977
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of Galatia, do ye likewise.

King James 2000 Bible
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.

American King James Version
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.

American Standard Version
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye.

Douay-Rheims Bible
NOW concerning the collections that are made for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, so do ye also.

Darby Bible Translation
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the assemblies of Galatia, so do ye do also.

English Revised Version
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

Weymouth New Testament
As to the collection for God's people, what I have directed the Churches of Galatia to do, you must do also.

World English Bible
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I commanded the assemblies of Galatia, you do likewise.

Young's Literal Translation
And concerning the collection that is for the saints, as I directed to the assemblies of Galatia, so also ye -- do ye;
Study Bible
The Collection for the Saints
1Now about the collection for the saints, you are to do as I directed the churches of Galatia: 2On the first day of every week, each of you should set aside a portion of his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will be needed.…
Cross References
Acts 9:13
But Ananias answered, "Lord, many people have told me about this man and all the harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.

Acts 16:6
After the Holy Spirit prevented them from speaking the word in the province of Asia, they traveled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia.

Acts 24:17
After several years, then, I returned to Jerusalem to bring alms to my people and to present offerings.

Romans 15:25
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem to serve the saints there.

1 Corinthians 4:17
That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church.

1 Corinthians 11:34
If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you come together it will not result in judgment. And when I come, I will give instructions about the remaining matters.

1 Corinthians 16:15
You know that Stephanas and his household were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. Now I urge you, brothers,

Galatians 1:2
and all the brothers with me, To the churches of Galatia:
Treasury of Scripture

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.

concerning.

Acts 11:28,30 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the …

Acts 24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

Romans 15:25,26 But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints…

2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which …

the saints.

Acts 9:41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called …

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

2 Corinthians 9:12-15 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want …

Philemon 1:5,7 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

the churches.

Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, …

Acts 18:23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over …

Galatians 1:2 And all the brothers which are with me, to the churches of Galatia:

XVI.

(1) Now concerning the collection for the saints.--This chapter deals briefly with the following subjects:--

1Corinthians 16:1-4. The collection for the poor at Jerusalem.

1Corinthians 16:5-9. The Apostle's prospective arrangement, as to his journey.

1Corinthians 16:10-18. Commendation of various individuals.

1Corinthians 16:19-20. The salutation of the Church.

1Corinthians 16:21-24. The salutation of Paul himself.

From the fact of a necessity existing for a collection for the poor Christians at Jerusalem, it is clear that the community of goods (see Acts 2:44) which had at the beginning been established in that Church had not proved successful. Christianity was largely recruited from the lower classes, especially in Jerusalem (James 2:6), and a common fund would not long have flourished with so few contributors and such a multitude of sharers. Moreover, the many who were shut up in prison had perhaps by this time been released in abject poverty, and would naturally be the subject of anxious solicitation to one who was identical with "persecuting Saul," who "had given his voice against them," and against others now dead. (See Acts 26:10.) It is to be noticed that the Apostle does not speak of them as "the poor," but as "saints." That was the true ground of their claim upon their brethren.

As I have given order to the churches of Galatia.--Better, As I gave order to the churches of Galatia. The order was definitely given by the Apostle in person when visiting these churches (Acts 18:23). It does not occur in his Epistle to that Church. On this passage Bengel's Note is worth quoting--"He proposes the Galatians as an example to the Corinthians, the Corinthians to the Macedonians, and the Corinthians and Macedonians to the Romans (2Corinthians 9:2; Romans 15:26). Great is the power of examples."

Verses 1-18. - Directions and arrangements. Verse 1. - Now concerning the collection for the saints. "The saints" are here the poor Christians at Jerusalem (Romans 15:26). The subject weighed much on St. Paul's mind. First, there was real need for their charity, for at Jerusalem there was as sharp a contrast between the lots of the rich and poor as there is in London, and the "poor saints," being the poorest of the poor (James 2:5), must have often been in deep distress. Not many years before this time, in the famine of Claudius, (Acts 11:27-30), Queen Helena of Adiabene had kept the paupers of Jerusalem alive by importing cargoes of dried grapes and figs. Besides the periodical famines, the political troubles of Judaea had recently increased the general distress. Secondly, the tender heart of St. Paul was keenly alive to this distress. Thirdly, it was the only way in which the Gentile Churches could show their gratitude to the mother Church. Lastly, the Apostle St. Paul had solemnly promised the apostles at Jerusalem that he would remember the poor (Galatians 2:10). Hence he frequently alludes to this collection (2 Corinthians 8, 9 Romans 15:26; Acts 24:17, etc.). The enthusiastic communism of the earliest Christian society in Jerusalem had soon ceased, being, as all experience proves, an impossible experiment under the conditions which regulate all human life, and it may have aggravated the chronic distress. As I have given order; rather, as I arranged. To the Churches of Galatia. Not in his extant letter to the Galatians, but either in a visit three years before this time (Acts 18:28), or by letter. It appears from 2 Corinthians 8:10 that St. Paul had already asked for the contributions of the Corinthians. "To the Corinthians he proposes the example of the Galatians; to the Macedonians the example of the Corinthians; to the Romans that of the Macedonians and Corinthians. Great is the power of example" (Bengel). Even so do ye. The aorist implies that they should do it at once. Now concerning the collection for the saints,.... Not at Corinth, but at Jerusalem, as appears from 1 Corinthians 16:3 for the poor saints there, who were reduced to poverty, either through the spoiling of their goods by their persecuting countrymen; or through the selling of their possessions, and putting their substance into one common stock, which was now exhausted, partly by their living upon it, and partly by the expending of it for the enlargement of the interest of Christ, and the spread of his Gospel among the Gentiles; so that it was but fit and reasonable that they should assist them in their necessitous circumstances: wherefore the apostle, after he had gone through the various subjects he thought fit to write upon, relating both to doctrine and practice, proceeds to give some orders, directions, and instructions, concerning this matter.

As I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye. The churches of Galatia were those he wrote an epistle to, which bears their name, and in which he takes notice of the request of the apostles at Jerusalem to him, that he would remember the poor as he travelled through the Gentile countries, and which, no doubt, he mentions, as a hint unto them to collect for them. Galatians 2:10 though the order he here speaks of was doubtless given them when he passed through the region of Galatia, Acts 16:6. This he observes by way of example to the church at Corinth, and to show them, that what he ordered them was no other than what he enjoined other churches, and which they were ready to come into, as these in Galatia, and also in Macedonia; and designs this as a spur unto them, that if the Galatians, who were a more rude and uncultivated people, being now called by grace, were ready to such a good work, they who were a more polite people, and used to civility, humanity, and tenderness, would not be backward to it. CHAPTER 16

1Co 16:1-24. Directions as to the Collection for the Judean Christians: Paul's Future Plans: He Commends to Them Timothy, Apollos, etc. Salutations and Conclusions.

1. collection for the saints—at Jerusalem (Ro 15:26) and in Judea (Ac 11:29, 30; 24:17; compare 2Co 8:4; 9:1, 12). He says "saints" rather than "the poor," to remind the Corinthians that in giving, it is to the Lord's people, their own brethren in the faith. Towards the close of the national existence of the Jews, Judea and Jerusalem were harassed with various troubles, which in part affected the Jewish Christians. The community of goods which existed among them for a time gave temporary relief but tended ultimately to impoverish all by paralyzing individual exertion (Ac 2:44), and hence was soon discontinued. A beautiful fruit of grace it was, that he who had by persecutions robbed many of their all (Ac 26:10), should become the foremost in exertions for their relief.

as I have given—rather, "gave order," namely, during my journey through Galatia, that mentioned in Ac 18:23. The churches of Galatia and Phrygia were the last which Paul visited before writing this Epistle. He was now at Ephesus, and came thither immediately from visiting them (Ac 18:23; 19:1). That he had not been silent in Galatia on contributions for the poor, appears from the hint let fall in his Epistle to that church (Ga 2:10): an undesigned coincidence and mark of genuineness [Paley, Horæ Paulinæ]. He proposes the Galatians as an example to the Corinthians, the Corinthians to the Macedonians, the Corinthians and Macedonians to the Romans (Ro 15:26, 27; 2Co 9:2). There is great force in example.16:1-9 The good examples of other Christians and churches should rouse us. It is good to lay up in store for good uses. Those who are rich in this world, should be rich in good works, 1Ti 6:17,18. The diligent hand will not make rich, without the Divine blessing, Pr 10:4,22. And what more proper to stir us up to charity to the people and children of God, than to look at all we have as his gift? Works of mercy are real fruits of true love to God, and are therefore proper services on his own day. Ministers are doing their proper business, when putting forward, or helping works of charity. The heart of a Christian minister must be towards the people among whom he has laboured long, and with success. All our purposes must be made with submission to the Divine providence, Jas 4:15. Adversaries and opposition do not break the spirits of faithful and successful ministers, but warm their zeal, and inspire them with fresh courage. A faithful minister is more discouraged by the hardness of his hearers' hearts, and the backslidings of professors, than by the enemies' attempts.
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