16:1Now concerning the collection of funds for the holy ones, do what I prescribed for those in Galatia:16:2on the First of Sabbaths,1 each of you should set aside an amount according to how you have prospered. That way no collections have to be made when I come.16:3Now when I do come, I will write letters of recommendation for whomever you choose to take your gift to Jerusalem.16:4If I have the opportunity to go, I’ll take them along with me.16:5I plan to come to you on my way through Macedonia.
16:6If by any chance I can stay there with you, maybe even for the winter, then you can send me on to wherever I’m going.16:7My intention is not to just see you now in passing, but with the hope that I can spend some time with you if the Master permits.16:8But I will stay in Ephesus till Pentecost,16:9because a great opportunity has presented itself, and there are many who oppose me.
16:10Now if Timothy comes, see to it that he can come to you without apprehension, for he is doing the work of the Master just as I am.16:11And let no one look down on him. Send him on in peace so he can visit me, because I am waiting for him with the brothers and sisters.16:12Concerning brother Apollos, I have asked him to come to you with the sisters and brothers. He really did not want to come now, but he will when it’s convenient.
16:13Stay sharp! Stand firm in the faith; be brave and strong.16:14Do everything in love.16:15Now I plead with you, brothers and sisters— you who are acquainted with the household of Stephanas, the first in Achaia to believe and who dedicated themselves to serve the holy ones—16:16that you will support them and all who labor together with us.16:17I am very happy that Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus have arrived because they were able to supply whatever you lacked.16:18Recognize these who have soothed my spirit and yours.
16:19The Congregations in the province of Asia greet you as fellow servants of the Master, as do Aquila and Prisca, along with the Congregation that meets in their home.16:20All the brothers and sisters greet you; greet each other warmly.16:21I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.
16:22A curse upon anyone who has no affection for the Master! Come, Master!16:23May the favor of Master Jesus the Anointed be with you.16:24My love is with all of you in Anointed Jesus.
- 1“First of Sabbaths” refers to the day of the wave offering, which is the first day of the week after Passover and the start of marking off 7 weeks until Pentecost (see verse 8).