1 Corinthians 16:13
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New International Version
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

New Living Translation
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.

English Standard Version
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

New American Standard Bible
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

King James Bible
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong.

International Standard Version
Remain alert. Keep standing firm in your faith. Keep on being courageous and strong.

NET Bible
Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be alert and stand in the faith; be valiant; be strong.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be alert. Be firm in the Christian faith. Be courageous and strong.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

King James 2000 Bible
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be men, be strong.

American King James Version
Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

American Standard Version
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith,do manfully, and be strengthened.

Darby Bible Translation
Be vigilant; stand fast in the faith; quit yourselves like men; be strong.

English Revised Version
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Webster's Bible Translation
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, acquit yourselves like men, be strong.

Weymouth New Testament
Be on the alert; stand firm in the faith; acquit yourselves like men; be strong.

World English Bible
Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong!

Young's Literal Translation
Watch ye, stand in the faith; be men, be strong;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:13-18 A Christian is always in danger, therefore should ever be on the watch. He should be fixed in the faith of the gospel, and never desert or give it up. By this faith alone he will be able to keep his ground in an hour of temptation. Christians should be careful that charity not only reigns in their hearts, but shines in their lives. There is a great difference between Christian firmness and feverish warmth and transport. The apostle gave particular directions as to some who served the cause of Christ among them. Those who serve the saints, those who desire the honour of the churches, and to remove reproaches from them, are to be thought much of, and loved. They should willingly acknowledge the worth of such, and all who laboured with or helped the apostle.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Watch, etc. The brief impetuous imperatives show a sudden burst of emotion as he draws to a close. The next clause seems like an after-thought. Watchfulness (1 Thessalonians 5:6; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 3:2; Revelation 16:15), steadfastness (Philippians 1:27), and strength (Ephesians 6:10; Colossians 1:11; 2 Timothy 2:1), and love (1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:8, etc.) were frequent subjects of Christian exhortation. The verb which expresses Christian manliness ("Play the men!") occurs here only. It is found in the LXX. of Joshua 1:6. They needed, as Chrysostom says, all these exhortations, for they were, in Christian matters, drowsy, unstable, effeminate, and factions.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Watch ye,.... The apostle in the mean while, before he closes his epistle, thinks fit to give some proper and pertinent exhortations, which might be of general use to this church; and first exhorts them to watchfulness, not for the coming of Apollos, and a convenient season for that; but over themselves, over their hearts, thoughts, affections, words, actions, and their whole conversations; and over one another, that they go not into bad principles, and evil practices; and also against sin in general, every appearance, and the first motions of it, and particularly unbelief; and against Satan, and his temptations, who is an indefatigable enemy, and whose wiles, devices, and stratagems are many and cunning; and against the world, its charms and snares; and likewise against false teachers, who lie in wait to deceive, and therefore to be guarded against; many of which were among these Corinthians, and made this exhortation very necessary. It became them likewise to watch daily at wisdom's gates, to wait constantly upon God in the word and ordinances, and especially to watch unto prayer, and in it, and after it; to all which it is necessary that they should be awake, and not asleep, to which the wise as well as foolish virgins are subject; that they should be sober, and not be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life; and that they be in their proper station, on their watchtower, keeping a good lookout, and being ready armed, to attack an enemy when descried. Many are the reasons why the saints should be upon their watch and guard; as because they have many eyes upon them; the eyes of the omniscient God are upon them, who sees and takes notice of all their actions; the eyes of angels are upon them, and even in their solemn assemblies; the eyes of saints are upon them, though watching for their good; and the eyes of evil men for their halting; and the eyes of devils are upon them, waiting an opportunity to do them hurt and mischief, if possible. Moreover, unwatchfulness exposes to many evils, temptations, and snares; to which may be added, as an inducement to watchfulness, the uncertainty of Christ's coming either at death, or to judgment.

Stand fast in the faith: which is proper to those that are watchful; for men asleep cannot well stand. This exhortation may respect either standing in the grace of faith, in opposition to doubting and unbelief, and design a continuance in the exercise of it, notwithstanding all the corruptions of nature, and the various sins and infirmities of life, the frequent temptations of Satan, and the many afflictions and trials in the world, which may occasion diffidence and distrust; for standing in this grace, and in such a constant exercise of it, greatly glorifies God, is what is wellpleasing in his sight; and in this way saints have communion with God, peace and comfort in their souls, and much spiritual joy and pleasure: it is the grace by which they stand, and therefore should stand in it, and by which they overcome the world. Or else it may intend standing in the doctrine of faith, in opposition to a departure from it, or a giving up any part of it, or wavering about it; it becomes saints to be steadfast in it, and abide by it, whoever is against it; let them be ever so many, or ever so wise and learned, and whatever may be said against it, as that it is a novel one, a licentious one, and a set of irrational principles, and whatever is the opposition that is made against it, though bonds and afflictions, reproach and persecution in every shape attend it, yet none of these things should move them from it. Perhaps that particular doctrine of faith, the resurrection of the dead, may be greatly regarded. Moreover, standing in the profession of faith, both of the grace and doctrine of faith, may be intended; for as this is to be made, it is to be held fast, and stood fast in, without wavering, by all true believers, who have great encouragement so to do from the person and grace of Christ, and from the love and faithfulness of God, and the many gracious promises he has made. Wherefore,

quit yourselves like men, be strong; a like phrase is often used by the Septuagint interpreters, as in Deuteronomy 31:6, from whence the apostle seems to have taken it. It answers to the Hebrew word in Isaiah 46:8.

Quit you like men; like men of wisdom and understanding; be not like children for non-proficiency, instability, and weakness; see 1 Corinthians 14:20; act the part of men; believe not every spirit; be not carried and tossed about with every wind of doctrine; search the Scriptures, and try every doctrine by them; and having found what is truth abide by it, and be proficients in it, instructing and establishing yourselves and others. In which sense the Jews use this phrase, saying (b),

"in a place where there are no men, , "study to be a man", or to show thyself a man;''

which one of their commentators (c) explains thus;

"use and accustom thyself to obtain excellent things, and afterwards when there are no wise men to teach, then do thou teach thyself.''

And another (d) after this manner;

""in the place where there is no man" to sit at the head and teach doctrines,''

do thou. Or play the man, as in 2 Samuel 10:12; act like men of valour and courage, stand fast, keep your ground, and contend earnestly for the faith; be valiant for the truth on earth; fight the good fight of faith: it is a good cause believers are engaged in; they have a good Captain and Commander at the head of them; they are provided with good weapons, may be sure of victory, and of having the crown of righteousness, life, and glory: wherefore

be strong; that is, for the faith: so the Targumist on Jeremiah 9:3 renders the phrase, "they are not valiant for the truth, , they are not strong for the faith: be strong"; not in themselves, but in the Lord, and in the power of his might; in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; believe in him, look to him for strength as well as righteousness; trust in his power, whose arm is not shortened; depend on his grace, which is always sufficient; take heart, be of good courage, and fear no enemy; see Joshua 1:6, which seems to be particularly referred to here.

(b) Misn. Pirke Abot, c. sect. 5. Vid. T. Bab Beracot, fol. 63. 1.((c) Maimon. in Misn. ib. (d) Bartenora in Misn. Beracot, fol. 63. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. He shows that they ought to make their hopes of salvation to depend not on Apollos or any other teacher; that it rests with themselves. "Watch ye": for ye are slumbering. "Stand": for ye are like men tottering. "Quit you like men; be strong": for ye are effeminate (1Co 16:14). "Let all your things be done with charity" (1Co 8:1; 13:1): not with strifes as at present [Chrysostom]. "In the faith" which was assailed by some (1Co 15:1, 2, 12-17).

1 Corinthians 16:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Concluding Exhortations
13Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14Let all that you do be done in love.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 4:9
Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!"

2 Samuel 10:12
Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight."

Psalm 31:24
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Matthew 24:42
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

1 Corinthians 15:1
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

Ephesians 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Philippians 1:27
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel

Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

Colossians 1:11
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

1 Thessalonians 3:8
For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.

2 Thessalonians 2:15
So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
Treasury of Scripture

Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Watch.

Matthew 24:42-44 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come…

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein …

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed …

Mark 13:33-37 Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is…

Mark 14:37,38 And he comes, and finds them sleeping, and said to Peter, Simon, …

Luke 12:35-40 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning…

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

2 Timothy 4:5 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an …

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

Revelation 3:2,3 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready …

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps …

stand.

1 Corinthians 15:1,2,58 Moreover, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached …

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of …

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us …

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and …

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

1 Thessalonians 3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you …

quit.

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. …

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be …

1 Samuel 4:9 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O you Philistines, that you …

2 Samuel 10:12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for …

1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our …

Ephesians 6:13-17 Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand …

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto …

2 Timothy 2:3-5 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Hebrews 11:32-34 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of …

be.

Joshua 1:6,7,9,18 Be strong and of a good courage: for to this people shall you divide …

1 Kings 2:2 I go the way of all the earth: be you strong therefore, and show yourself a man;

1 Chronicles 28:10 Take heed now; for the LORD has chosen you to build an house for …

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

Isaiah 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, …

Daniel 10:19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be to you, be strong, …

Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by …

Haggai 2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the LORD; and be strong, O …

Zechariah 8:9,13 Thus said the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, you that hear …

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Colossians 1:11,12 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

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