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1 Corinthians 16:1-11 (New International Version)

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The Collection for God's People

1 Now about the collection1 for God's people:2 Do what I told the Galatian3 churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week,4 each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.5 3 Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve6 and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

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5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you7--for I will be going through Macedonia.8 6 Perhaps I will stay with you awhile, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey,9 wherever I go. 7 I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.10 8 But I will stay on at Ephesus11 until Pentecost,12 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me,13 and there are many who oppose me. 10 If Timothy14 comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord,15 just as I am. 11 No one, then, should refuse to accept him.16 Send him on his way17 in peace18 so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.
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