The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The First Epistle of the Blessed Apostle Paul to the Corinthians
And now about the collection which is being made for the saints; follow the plan which I have prescribed for the Galatian churches.
Each of you should put aside, on the first day of the week, what he can afford to spare, and save it up, so that there may be no need for a collection at the time of my visit;
and when I am with you I will despatch your envoys, with letters of recommendation from you, to convey your charity to Jerusalem.
If I find it worth while to make the journey myself, they shall travel with me.
I shall be coming to you as soon as I have made the round of Macedonia (I mean to go round Macedonia),✻
and perhaps stay with you or even pass the winter with you; it will be for you to put me on my way to my next stage, whatever it be.
This is no occasion for a mere passing visit to you; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord will let me.
Till Pentecost, I shall be staying at Ephesus;
a great opportunity lies open to me, plain to view, and strong forces oppose me.
If Timothy comes, be sure to make him free of your company; he is doing the Lord’s work as I am.
He is not to be treated with disrespect; put him on his way in peace so that he reaches me safely; I am awaiting him here with the brethren.
As for our brother Apollo, you may be sure I have urged him strongly to accompany the brethren on their journey to you; but no, he will not consent to visit you yet, he will come when he has leisure.
Be on the watch, stand firm in the faith, play the man, be full of courage.
And let everything you do be done in a spirit of charity.
This appeal, brethren, I must make to you. You know that the household of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus was the first offering Achaia gave; you know how they have devoted themselves to supplying the needs of the saints;✻
you must shew deference to such persons, to everyone who shares in the labours of our ministry.
I am glad that Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus are here; they have made up for your absence,
bringing relief to my mind as well as yours. Such men deserve your recognition.
A greeting to you from all the churches of Asia, and many greetings, in the Lord’s name, from Aquila and Priscilla, as well as the church in their household; it is with them I am lodging.✻
All the brethren greet you; greet one another with the kiss of saints.
I send you my greetings in my own handwriting, PAUL.
If there is anyone who has no love for the Lord, let him be held accursed; the Lord is coming.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you;
and my love be with you all in Christ Jesus, Amen.
The Holy Bible