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1 Corinthians 16:1

    1 Corinthians 16:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now about the giving of money for the saints, as I gave orders to the churches of Galatia, so do you.

    Webster's Revision

    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye.

    World English Bible

    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I commanded the assemblies of Galatia, you do likewise.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye.

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 16:1

    Saints - Men and women of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 16:1

    The collection for the saints - Περι - της λογιας, from λεγω, to gather, or collect; translated by the Vulgate, de collectis, a contribution made by the rich for the relief of the poor. The Christians living at Jerusalem, we may naturally suppose, were greatly straitened; as the enmity of their countrymen to the Gospel of Christ led them to treat those who professed it with cruelty, and spoil them of their goods; (see Hebrews 10:34; and Romans 15:26; and see the note Romans 15:27); and the apostle hereby teaches that it was the duty of one Christian congregation to help another when in distress.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 16:1

    Now concerning the collection for the saints - The use of the article here shows that he had mentioned it to them before, and that it was a subject which they would readily understand. It was not new to them, but it was needful only to give some instructions in regard to the manner in which it should be done, and not in regard to the occasion for the collection, or the duty of making it. Accordingly, all his instructions relate simply to the manner in which the collection should be made. The word rendered "collection" (λογία logia) does not occur anywhere else in the New Testament, and is not found in the classic writers. It is from λέγω legō, to collect, and, undoubtedly, here refers to a contribution, or collection of money for a charitable purpose. The word "saints" (ἁγίους hagious) here refers, doubtless, to "Christians;" to the persecuted Christians in Judea. There were many there; and they were generally poor, and exposed to various trials. In regard to the meaning of this word, and the circumstances and occasion of this collection; see the notes on Romans 15:25-26.

    As I have given order - (διέταξα dietaxa). As I have directed, enjoined, commanded, arranged. It does not mean that he had assumed the authority to tax them, or that he had commanded them to make a collection, but that he had left directions as to the best manner and time in which it should be done. The collection was voluntary and cheerful in all the churches Romans 15:26-27; 2 Corinthians 9:2; and Paul did not assume authority to impose it on them as a tax. Nor was it necessary. Self-denial and liberality were among the distinguishing virtues of the early Christians; and to be a Christian then implied that a man would freely impart of his property to aid the poor and the needy. The order related solely to the manner of making the collection; and as Paul had suggested one mode to the churches in Galatia, he recommended the same now to the Corinthians.

    To the churches of Galatia - Galatia was a province in Asia Minor. On its situation, see the note on Acts 16:6. There were evidently several churches planted in that region; see Galatians 1:2. At what time he gave this order to the churches there is not mentioned; though it was doubtless on occasion of a visit to the churches there; see Acts 16:6.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 16:1

    16:1 The saints - A more solemn and a more affecting word, than if he had said, the poor.