1 Corinthians 16:21

21 This greeting is in my own hand[a]-Paul.

1 Corinthians 16:21 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 16:21

The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
] The apostle had an "amanuensis", that wrote the epistle for him; but to prevent counterfeits, and that the church to whom he wrote might be assured of the genuineness of the epistle, that it was truly his own, he wrote with his own hand his common salutation; see ( 2 Thessalonians 3:17 2 Thessalonians 3:18 ) , and which is not in the following words, but what is expressed in ( 1 Corinthians 16:23 ) .

1 Corinthians 16:21 In-Context

19 The churches of the Asian province greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, along with the church that meets in their home.
20 All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 This greeting is in my own hand-Paul.
22 If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Maranatha!
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Paul normally dictated his letters to a secretary, but signed the end of each letter himself; see Rm 16:22; Gl 6:11; Col 4:18; 2 Th 3:17.