The Collection for the Saints
1Now 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.Plans for Travel
5I will visit you after passing through Macedonia—for I intend to pass through Macedonia—6and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way, wherever I go.7I do not want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.8But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,9for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.10If Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord just as I am;11therefore let no one despise him. Send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I am expecting him with the brothers.12Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but he was not at all willing to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity.