1 Corinthians 16:2

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Upon the first day of the weeke, let euery one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Upon the first day of the week let each one of you lay by him in store, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.
- American Standard Version (1901)

On the first day of the week, let every one of you put by him in store, in measure as he has done well in business, so that it may not be necessary to get money together when I come.
- Basic English Bible

On [the] first of [the] week let each of you put by at home, laying up [in] whatever [degree] he may have prospered, that there may be no collections when I come.
- Darby Bible

Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no collections when I come.
- Webster's Bible

On the first day of every week let each of you put on one side and store up at his home whatever gain has been granted to him; so that whenever I come, there may then be no collections going on.
- Weymouth Bible

On the first day of the week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.
- World English Bible

Ech of you kepe at hym silf, kepynge that that plesith to him, that whanne Y come, the gaderyngis ben not maad.
- Wycliffe Bible

on every first [day] of the week, let each one of you lay by him, treasuring up whatever he may have prospered, that when I may come then collections may not be made;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 16:2


16:2 Let 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.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 16:2


1Co 16:2 Upon the first [day] of the week. This shows that the first day of the week was set apart and regarded by the church. The church assembled to break bread on that day (Ac 20:7). Let every one of you lay by him in store. The usual view is that every one was directed to set aside something on the Lord's day and keep it until Paul came. This view is sanctioned by the translations and most of the commentators. Macknight renders: "On the first day of the week, let each one of you lay somewhat by itself, put it into the treasury". I believe Macknight is right; for (1) there were to be no collections when Paul came. That implies that the money was to be placed in the treasury. Otherwise, it would have to be collected. (2) "Thesaurizoon", rendered in the Common Version "in store", is a present participle, meaning literally, "putting into the thesaurus", or "treasury". (3) All church history testifies that the early church took up weekly collections on the first day of the week. See Pliny's Letter to the Emperor Trajan. (4) We know, from Acts, and from all early church history, that the church met on the first day of the week. It only remains to add that "par heauto", rendered by the translators "by him", is rendered with equal correctness, "by itself". Its form is that of the neuter reflexive pronoun. As [God] hath prospered him. Each week every one is to give according to his ability.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 16

  • BSP
    Verse 2 gives good advice regarding making a budget and regarding our donations we may give. It's good to take care of these things first and then any that we may have left over can be used for other purposes.
  • Ben Weaver
    "Anathema" in v. 22: The Analytical Greek Lexicon, shows this word as a compound word; "Ana" and "Thema." The definition for Ana is :Through the midst of; (thoroughly) and "Thema" means to lay a foundation for faith and doctrine, a form of which is translated to "Other foundation can no man lay...than Jesus Christ" in 1 Cor. 3:11. Let's help the erring, not curse them.
  • Olabode
    The NT is translated from the Greek and the word Pentecost literally means "50th day". It is the Biblical Jewish "feast (festival) of weeks"(Shavuot) (Ex. 34:22) to celebrate the completion of wheat harvest.(50th day after Passover). The Holy Spirit came on this day.(Acts 2:1) So Paul in 1 Cor. 16:8, was speaking of the Jewish festival not the day the Holy Spirit came. (See Blue letter Bible)
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    JR, Acts 20:16"For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost."
    Scripture says he was converted before Pentecost. Believe God's word.
  • JR
    Cor. 16:8 - but I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. I thought Pentecost happened years before Paul's conversion, and before Corinthians was written. Here in Corinthians, which Paul wrote, this statement occurs pertaining to tarrying at Ephesus until Pentecost.

    Any care to elaborate?
  • Steward\'s for verse 22
    Anathema:Cursed Maranatha:The Lord Cometh We are in this world but not of this world John 11:25 He that believes in Christ although we were dead yet shall we live. John 16:16 He that believeth on me and is baptized holy ghost the same shall be saved and he that believeth not shall be damned cursed Even though we cannot see a visible Jesus Christ we must believe through faith that he was, he is and he forever shall be, otherwise we 've cursed ourselves because we don 't believe!!!

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