1 With regard to the collection for the saints, you must carry out the same arrangements as I made for the churches of Galatia. 2 On the first day of the week let each of you put aside a sum from his weekly gains, so that the money may not have to be collected when I come. 3 On my arrival I will furnish credentials for those whom you select, and send them to convey your bounty to Jerusalem; 4 if the sum makes it worth my while to go too, they shall accompany me.
5 I mean to visit you after my tour in Macedonia, for I am going to make a tour through Macedonia. 6 The chances are, I shall spend some time with you, possibly even pass the winter with you, so that you may speed me forward on any journey that lies before me. 7 I do not care about seeing you at this moment merely in the by-going; my hope is to stay among you for some time, with the Lord's permission. 8 I am staying on for the present at Ephesus till Pentecost, 9 for I have wide opportunities here for active service ??and there are many to thwart me. 10 When Timotheus arrives, see that you make him feel quite at home with you; he carries on the work of the Lord as I do. 11 So let no one disparage him. When he leaves to rejoin me, speed him cordially on his journey, for I am expecting him along with the other brothers.
12 As for our brother Apollos, I urged him to accompany the other brothers on a visit to you; he will come as soon as he has time, but for the present it is not the will of God that he should visit you.
13 Watch, stand firm in the faith, play the man, be strong! 14 Let all you do be done in love.
15 I ask this favour of you, my brothers. The household of Stephanas, you know, was the first to be reaped in Achaia, and they have laid themselves out to serve the saints. 16 Well, I want you to put yourselves under people like that, under everyone who sets his hand to the work. 17 I am glad that Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus have arrived, for they have made up for your absence. 18 They refresh my spirit as they do your own. You should appreciate men like that.
19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Prisca, with the church that meets in their house, salute you warmly in the Lord. 20 All the brotherhood salutes you. Salute one another with a holy kiss.