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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Corinthians 16:13-18

In this passage the apostle gives, I. Some general advices; as, 1. That they should watch (1 Cor. 16:13), be wakeful and upon their guard. A Christian is always in danger, and therefore should ever be on the watch; but the danger is greater at some times and under some circumstances. The Corinthians were in manifest danger upon many accounts: their feuds ran high, the irregularities among them were very great, there were deceivers got among them, who endeavoured to corrupt their faith in the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Corinthians 16:13-21

16:13-21 Be on the alert; stand fast in the faith; play the man; be strong. Let all your affairs be transacted in love. Brothers I urge you--(you know the family of Stephanas was the first-fruits of God's harvest in Achaea and that they have laid themselves out to be of help to Christ's people)--that you too may be obedient to such men and to all who share in the common work of the gospel and who toil for it. I rejoice at the arrival of Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Watch ye ,.... The apostle in the mean while, before he closes his epistle, thinks fit to give some proper and pertinent exhortations, which might be of general use to this church; and first exhorts them to watchfulness, not for the coming of Apollos, and a convenient season for that; but over themselves, over their hearts, thoughts, affections, words, actions, and their whole conversations; and over one another, that they go not into bad principles, and evil practices; and also against sin... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Watch ye - You have many enemies; be continually on your guard; be always circumspect: - Watch against evil; Watch for opportunities to receive good; Watch for opportunities to do good; Watch over each other in love; Watch, that none may draw you aside from the belief and unity of the Gospel. Stand fast in the faith - Hold in conscientious credence what you have already received as the truth of God; for it is the Gospel by which ye shall be saved, and by which ye are now put... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Verse 13 13.Watch ye. A short exhortation, but of great weight. He exhorts them to watch, in order that Satan may not oppress them, finding them off their guard. For as the warfare is incessant, the watching requires to be incessant too. Now watchfulness of spirit is this — when, free and disentangled from earthly cares, we meditate on the things of God. For as the body is weighed down by surfeiting and drunkenness, (Luke 21:34,) so as to be fit for nothing, so the cares and lusts of the world,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 16:6-18

St. Paul and his purposes; his friends; earnest exhortation. If the apostle were before us in his Epistles as an inspired man of genius only, whose intellect teemed with great thoughts, and whose heart was absorbed in supplying fervency to those thoughts, his hold upon us would be weakened. The man has nothing about him of the intellectualist. Among the varieties of mind and character that have arisen from time to time in the development of humanity, turn for a moment to the ideal of an... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Watch , etc. The brief impetuous imperatives show a sudden burst of emotion as he draws to a close. The next clause seems like an after-thought. Watchfulness ( 1 Thessalonians 5:6 ; 1 Peter 5:8 ; Revelation 3:2 ; Revelation 16:15 ), steadfastness ( Philippians 1:27 ), and strength ( Ephesians 6:10 ; Colossians 1:11 ; 2 Timothy 2:1 ), and love ( 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 .; 1 Peter 4:8 , etc.) were frequent subjects of Christian exhortation. The verb which expresses Christian... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 16:13

The word of command to Christian soldiers. Now and again we meet with passages in the New Testament which remind us that Christianity does not lose sight of the sterner virtues. Certainly our religion has brought the softer and more amiable virtues into honour and prominence; but we should make a mistake did we suppose that for the severer excellences of character it finds no place. I. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A SCENE OF WARFARE . It is an opportunity for bearing witness to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

The demands of Christianity on its adherents. " Watch ye, stand fast in the faith," etc. Here are certain demands which Christianity makes on all men. I. A demand for VIGILANCE . "Watch ye." A military metaphor this, derived from the duty of those who are stationed to guard a camp or to observe the motions of an enemy. There were many evils, as we have seen, in the Corinthian Church—dissensions, heresies, inchastities, intemperances, etc. Hence the necessity of watchfulness. But... read more

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