1 Corinthians 16:9

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For a great doore and effectuall is opened vnto mee, and there are many aduersaries.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for a wide door for effective {service} has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For a great and important door there is open to me, and there are a number of people against me.
- Basic English Bible

For a great door is opened to me and an effectual [one], and [the] adversaries many.
- Darby Bible

For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
- Webster's Bible

for a wide door stands open before me which demands great efforts, and we have many opponents.
- Weymouth Bible

for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
- World English Bible

For a grete dore and an opyn is openyd to me, and many aduersaries.
- Wycliffe Bible

for a door to me hath been opened -- great and effectual -- and withstanders [are] many.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 16:9


16:9 A 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.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 16:9


1Co 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened. His ministry in Ephesus was very successful. See Ac 19:20. There are many adversaries. Demetrius and his fellow-craftsmen had probably begun their agitation (Ac 19:23-41).

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.
  • Sandy
    Sounds like Paul is saying love your fellow Christians..And the 1's who don't love the Lord can goto hell. Jesus told us to love everybody, We don't have to agree with people to treat each other with respect, kindness and love.
  • 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?

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