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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

1 Corinthians Chapter 16

1 Corinthians 16:1

co1 16:1

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

1 Corinthians 16:2

co1 16:2

Let every one - Not the rich only: let him also that hath little, gladly give of that little. According as he hath been prospered - Increasing his alms as God increases his substance. According to this lowest rule of Christian prudence, if a man when he has or gains one pound give a tenth to God, when he has or gains an hundred he will give the tenth of this also. And yet I show unto you a more excellent way. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Stint yourself to no proportion at all. But lend to God all you can.

1 Corinthians 16:4

co1 16:4

They shall go with me - To remove any possible suspicion.

1 Corinthians 16:5

co1 16:5

I pass through Macedonia - I purpose going that way.

1 Corinthians 16:7

co1 16:7

I will not see you now - Not till I have been in Macedonia.

1 Corinthians 16:8

co1 16:8

I will stay at Ephesus - Where he was at this time.

1 Corinthians 16:9

co1 16:9

A great door - As to the number of hearers. And effectual - As to the effects wrought upon them. And there are many adversaries - As there must always be where Satan's kingdom shakes. This was another reason for his staying there.

1 Corinthians 16:10

co1 16:10

Without fear - Of any one's despising him for his youth. For he worketh the work of the Lord - The true ground of reverence to pastors. Those who do so, none ought to despise.

1 Corinthians 16:11

co1 16:11

I look for him with the brethren - That accompany him.

1 Corinthians 16:12

co1 16:12

I besought him much - To come to you. With the brethren - Who were then going to Corinth. Yet he was by no means willing to come now - Perhaps lest his coming should increase the divisions among them.

1 Corinthians 16:13

co1 16:13

To conclude. Watch ye - Against all your seen and unseen enemies. Stand fast in the faith - Seeing and trusting him that is invisible. Acquit yourselves like men - With courage and patience. Be strong - To do and suffer all his will.

1 Corinthians 16:15

co1 16:15

The first fruits of Achaia - The first converts in that province.

1 Corinthians 16:16

co1 16:16

That ye also - In your turn. Submit to such - So repaying their free service. And to every one that worketh with us and laboureth - That labours in the gospel either with or without a fellow - labourer.

1 Corinthians 16:17

co1 16:17

I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaiacus - Who were now returned to Corinth but the joy which their arrival had occasioned remained still in his heart. They have supplied what was wanting on your part - They have performed the offices of love, which you could not, by reason of your absence.

1 Corinthians 16:18

co1 16:18

For they have refreshed my spirit and yours - Inasmuch as you share in my comfort. Such therefore acknowledge - With suitable love and respect.

1 Corinthians 16:19

co1 16:19

Aquila and Priscilla had formerly made some abode at Corinth, and there St. Paul's acquaintance with them began, Act 18:1-2.

1 Corinthians 16:21

co1 16:21

With my own hand - What precedes having been wrote by an amanuensis.

1 Corinthians 16:22

co1 16:22

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ - If any be an enemy to his person, offices, doctrines, or commands. Let him be Anathema. Maran - atha - Anathema signifies a thing devoted to destruction. It seems to have been customary with the Jews of that age, when they had pronounced any man an Anathema, to add the Syriac expression, Maran - atha, that is, "The Lord cometh;" namely, to execute vengeance upon him. This weighty sentence the apostle chose to write with his own hand; and to insert it between his salutation and solemn benediction, that it might be the more attentively regarded.

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