For the churches in Macedonia and Achaia have freely decided to give an offering to help the poor among God's people in Jerusalem.
That decision was their own; but, as a matter of fact, they have an obligation to help them. Since the Jews shared their spiritual blessings with the Gentiles, the Gentiles ought to use their material blessings to help the Jews. 1
When I have finished this task and have turned over to them all the money that has been raised for them, I shall leave for Spain and visit you on my way there.
When I come to you, I know that I shall come with a full measure of the blessing of Christ.
I urge you, friends, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that the Spirit gives: join me in praying fervently to God for me.
Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to God's people there.
And so I will come to you full of joy, if it is God's will, and enjoy a refreshing visit with you.
May God, our source of peace, be with all of you. Amen.