1 About the collection for God's people, I want you to do as I told the churches of Galatia to do. 2 On the first of every week each of you is to put aside and store up whatever he gains, so that money will not have to be collected after I come. 3 When I come I will send whatever persons you authorize with credentials, to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 4 And if it seems worth while for me to go myself, they can go with me.
5 I will come to you after passing through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia, 6 and I will probably stay some time with you, or even pass the winter, so that you may start me off for wherever I may be going. 7 For I do not want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you if the Lord permits it. 8 But I shall stay in Ephesus until the Harvest Festival, 9 for I have a great and promising opportunity here, as well as many opponents. 10 If Timothy reaches you, put him at his ease among you, for he is devoted to the Lord's work, just as I am. 11 So no one is to slight him. But see him off cordially when he comes back to me, for I am expecting him with the other brothers.
12 As for our brother Apollos, I have often urged him to visit you with the other brothers, and he is quite unwilling to come now, but he will come when he has a good opportunity.
13 Be on the watch. Stand firm in your faith. Act like men. Show yourselves strong. 14 Do everything with love.
15 Now I urge you, brothers??ou know that the family of Stephanas was the first to be converted in Greece, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of God's people??16 I want you to enlist under such leaders, and under anyone who joins with you and works hard. 17 And I am glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here, for they have made up for your absence. 18 They have cheered my heart, and yours too. You should appreciate such men.
19 The churches of Asia wish to be remembered to you. Aquila and Prisca, with the congregation that meets at their house, send you their special Christian greetings. 20 All the brothers wish to be remembered to you. Greet one another with a sacred kiss.