for I know your generous propensity, and I mention'd it with applause to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; so that your zeal has influenc'd many others.
in this I only advise you: it being for your credit, since you have not only begun to execute it, but you were the first that form'd the design a year ago.
I don't mean to prescribe to you, but that the zeal of others may show you are as sincerely well-affected.
When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a general insurrection against Paul, and carry'd him to his tribunal.
You know brethren, that the family of Stephanas were the first converts of Achaia, and have made it their business to be serviceable to christian converts: to such,
Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the divine appointment, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God, which is at Corinth, with all the christians throughout Achaia: favour,
I use indeed great freedom of speech toward you, yet I greatly glory upon your account: I am filled with comfort, and my joy is still superiour to all my affliction.
but was chosen by the churches to accompany me with this collection; which service I undertook for the sake of Christ, and to encourage your generous design.