1 Corinthians 16:5
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New International Version
After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you--for I will be going through Macedonia.

New Living Translation
I am coming to visit you after I have been to Macedonia, for I am planning to travel through Macedonia.

English Standard Version
I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia,

Berean Study Bible
After I go through Macedonia, however, I will come to you; for I will be going through Macedonia.

Berean Literal Bible
But I will come to you when I shall have gone through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia.

New American Standard Bible
But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia;

King James Bible
Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will come to you after I pass through Macedonia--for I will be traveling through Macedonia--

International Standard Version
I will visit you when I go through Macedonia—for I intend to go through Macedonia—

NET Bible
But I will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia--for I will be going through Macedonia--

New Heart English Bible
But I will come to you when I have passed through Macedonia, for I am passing through Macedonia.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I will come to you when I have passed from Macedonia, for I shall pass through Macedonia.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After I go through the province of Macedonia, I'll visit you. (I will be going through Macedonia.)

New American Standard 1977
But I shall come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now I will come unto you, when I have passed through Macedonia, for I must pass through Macedonia.

King James 2000 Bible
Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

American King James Version
Now I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

American Standard Version
But I will come unto you, when I shall have passed through Macedonia; for I pass through Macedonia;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now I will come to you, when I shall have passed through Macedonia. For I shall pass through Macedonia.

Darby Bible Translation
But I will come to you when I shall have gone through Macedonia; for I do go through Macedonia.

English Revised Version
But I will come unto you, when I shall have passed through Macedonia; for I do pass through Macedonia;

Webster's Bible Translation
Now I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I am to pass through Macedonia.

Weymouth New Testament
I shall come to you after passing through Macedonia; for my plan will be to pass through Macedonia;

World English Bible
But I will come to you when I have passed through Macedonia, for I am passing through Macedonia.

Young's Literal Translation
And I will come unto you, when I pass through Macedonia -- for Macedonia I do pass through --
Study Bible
Paul's Travel Plans
4And if it is advisable for me to go also, they can travel with me. 5After I go through Macedonia, however, I will come to you; for I will be going through Macedonia. 6Perhaps I will stay with you awhile, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I may go.…
Cross References
Acts 19:21
After these things had happened, Paul purposed in spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia. "After I have been there," he said, "I must see Rome as well."

Romans 15:26
For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

1 Corinthians 4:19
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only what these arrogant people are saying, but what power they have.

1 Corinthians 16:4
And if it is advisable for me to go also, they can travel with me.

2 Corinthians 1:16
I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to return to you from Macedonia, and then to have you help me on my way to Judea.
Treasury of Scripture

Now I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

when.

Acts 19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when …

Acts 20:1-3 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called to him the disciples, …

2 Corinthians 1:15-17 And in this confidence I was minded to come to you before, that you …

(5) For I do pass through Macedonia.--A misrepresentation of these words gives rise to the incorrect statement that this Epistle was written at Philippi, which is to be found in the subscription at the end of this chapter in our English Bible. The Apostle does not here refer to where he is at the moment of writing, but to his intention regarding his journey. He had intended to go first to Corinth (see 2Corinthians 1:15-16), but he has altered that plan, and says that his intention now is to pass through Macedonia first, and then visit Corinth. Then he says, "For I do pass through Macedonia." To this intention the Apostle adheres. (See Introduction.)

Verse 5. - When I shall pass through Macedonia; rather, when 1 have passed through Macedonia. For I do pass through Macedonia; rather, for 1 mean to pass through Macedonia. We learn from 2 Corinthians 1:15, 16, that it had been St. Paul's intention to sail from Ephesus to Corinth, thence, after a brief stay, to proceed to Macedonia, and on his return to come again for a longer stay at Corinth on his way to Judaea. He had in an Epistle, now lost (see 1 Corinthians 5:9), announced to them this intention, he changed his plan because, in the present disgraceful state of disorganization into which the Church had fallen, he felt that he could not visit them without being compelled to exercise a severity which, he hoped, might be obviated by writing to them and delaying his intended visit. Nothing but his usual delicacy and desire to spare them prevented him from stating all this more fully (2 Corinthians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 2:1). Mistaking the kindness of his purpose, the Corinthians accused him of levity. He defends himself from this charge in the Second Epistle, and he carried out the plan which he here announces (2 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 8:1; 2 Corinthians 9:2, 4; 2 Corinthians 12:14; 2 Corinthians 13:1). Now I will come unto you,.... Which he again assures them of, as being his real intention and design; though some had given out that he would not come to them any more, and hoped they should never see him any more; see 1 Corinthians 4:18.

When I shall pass through Macedonia; hereby fixing the time when he intended to visit them after he had gone through that country, and had received their collections for the saints at Jerusalem, which the churches there so generously made, and pressed him to the ministering of, of which he speaks in his next epistle.

For I do pass through Macedonia; not that he was then passing through Macedonia, or was in it, and so at Philippi, from whence this epistle is said to be written, as the subscription at the end of it expresses, for he was now at Ephesus; see 1 Corinthians 16:8 and from thence was this epistle written; he was not in Macedonia till some time after, see 2 Corinthians 2:12 but the sense is, that he should take his tour through Macedonia; and so the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "for I shall pass through Macedonia"; and so coming into Greece, he intended to come to Corinth, and stay some time with them. 5-7. His first intention had been (2Co 1:15, 16) to pass through them (Corinth) to Macedonia, and again return to them from Macedonia, and so to Judea; this he had announced in the lost epistle (1Co 5:9); now having laid aside this intention (for which he was charged with levity, 2Co 1:17, etc., whereas it was through lenity, 2Co 1:23; 2:1), he announces his second plan of "not seeing them now by the way," but "passing through Macedonia" first on his way to them, and then "tarrying a while," and even "abiding and wintering with them."

for I do pass—as much as to say, "This is what I at last resolve upon" (not as the erroneous subscription of the Epistle represents it, as if he was THEN at Philippi, on his way through Macedonia); implying that there had been some previous communication upon the subject of the journey, and also that there had been some indecisiveness in the apostle's plan [Paley]. In accordance with his second plan, we find him in Macedonia when Second Corinthians was written (2Co 2:13; 8:1; 9:2, 4), and on his way to Corinth (2Co 12:14; 13:1; compare Ac 20:1, 2). "Pass through" is opposed to "abide" (1Co 16:6). He was not yet in Macedonia (as 1Co 16:8 shows), but at Ephesus; but he was thinking of passing through it (not abiding as he purposed to do at Corinth).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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