Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
1 Corinthians 16:1
co1 16:1The saints - A more solemn and a more affecting word, than if he had said, the poor.
1 Corinthians 16:2
co1 16:2Let every one - Not the rich only: let him also that hath little, gladly give of that little. According as he hath been prospered - Increasing his alms as God increases his substance. According to this lowest rule of Christian prudence, if a man when he has or gains one pound give a tenth to God, when he has or gains an hundred he will give the tenth of this also. And yet I show unto you a more excellent way. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Stint yourself to no proportion at all. But lend to God all you can.
1 Corinthians 16:4
co1 16:4They shall go with me - To remove any possible suspicion.
1 Corinthians 16:5
co1 16:5I pass through Macedonia - I purpose going that way.
1 Corinthians 16:7
co1 16:7I will not see you now - Not till I have been in Macedonia.
1 Corinthians 16:8
co1 16:8I will stay at Ephesus - Where he was at this time.
1 Corinthians 16:9
co1 16:9A great door - As to the number of hearers. And effectual - As to the effects wrought upon them. And there are many adversaries - As there must always be where Satan's kingdom shakes. This was another reason for his staying there.
1 Corinthians 16:10
co1 16:10Without fear - Of any one's despising him for his youth. For he worketh the work of the Lord - The true ground of reverence to pastors. Those who do so, none ought to despise.
1 Corinthians 16:11
co1 16:11I look for him with the brethren - That accompany him.
1 Corinthians 16:12
co1 16:12I besought him much - To come to you. With the brethren - Who were then going to Corinth. Yet he was by no means willing to come now - Perhaps lest his coming should increase the divisions among them.
1 Corinthians 16:13
co1 16:13To conclude. Watch ye - Against all your seen and unseen enemies. Stand fast in the faith - Seeing and trusting him that is invisible. Acquit yourselves like men - With courage and patience. Be strong - To do and suffer all his will.
1 Corinthians 16:15
co1 16:15The first fruits of Achaia - The first converts in that province.
1 Corinthians 16:16
co1 16:16That ye also - In your turn. Submit to such - So repaying their free service. And to every one that worketh with us and laboureth - That labours in the gospel either with or without a fellow - labourer.
1 Corinthians 16:17
co1 16:17I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaiacus - Who were now returned to Corinth but the joy which their arrival had occasioned remained still in his heart. They have supplied what was wanting on your part - They have performed the offices of love, which you could not, by reason of your absence.
1 Corinthians 16:18
co1 16:18For they have refreshed my spirit and yours - Inasmuch as you share in my comfort. Such therefore acknowledge - With suitable love and respect.
1 Corinthians 16:19
co1 16:19Aquila and Priscilla had formerly made some abode at Corinth, and there St. Paul's acquaintance with them began, Act 18:1-2.
1 Corinthians 16:21
co1 16:21With my own hand - What precedes having been wrote by an amanuensis.
1 Corinthians 16:22
co1 16:22If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ - If any be an enemy to his person, offices, doctrines, or commands. Let him be Anathema. Maran - atha - Anathema signifies a thing devoted to destruction. It seems to have been customary with the Jews of that age, when they had pronounced any man an Anathema, to add the Syriac expression, Maran - atha, that is, "The Lord cometh;" namely, to execute vengeance upon him. This weighty sentence the apostle chose to write with his own hand; and to insert it between his salutation and solemn benediction, that it might be the more attentively regarded.