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1 Corinthians 16:1-4 – Providing for the Poor in Jerusalem


Paul advises the Corinthians to set aside money each week so that they can contribute substantially to a collection that his Gentile churches are taking up for the mostly Jewish church in Jerusalem.


In Romans, Paul writes that he hopes to visit Rome, but first he must go to Jerusalem to deliver a monetary gift collected from churches in Macedonia and Achaia. Corinth was in Achaia. Both in 1 Corinthians and in 2 Corinthians, Paul mentions the collection and asks his readers to participate generously. In the Corinthian correspondence, he does not say why he is taking up such a collection. In Romans, however, he writes that the gift is for "the poor among the saints in Jerusalem" (Romans 15:26). He explains further that it is right for the Jewish Christian Jerusalem church to benefit from the generosity of his Gentile congregations in Asia minor, "for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things" (Romans 15:27b).

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

The Collection for the Saints

16Now concerning the collection for the saints: you should follow the directions I gave to the churches of Galatia. 2On the first day of every week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn, so that collections need not be taken when I come. 3And when I arrive, I will send any whom you approve with letters to take your gift to Jerusalem. 4If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

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