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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 16:13


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

    World English Bible

    Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong!

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Watch ye, stand fast in the faith,do manfully, and be strengthened.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, acquit yourselves like men, be strong.

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    VERSE (13) -
    Mt 24:42-44; 25:13; 26:41 Mr 13:33-37; 14:37,38 Lu 12:35-40; 21:36

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 16:13

    ¶ Velad, estad firmes en la fe; portaos varonilmente, y esforzaos.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Verse 13.
    Watch ye] You have many enemies; be continually on your guard; be always circumspect:-1. Watch against evil; 2. Watch for opportunities to receive good; 3. Watch for opportunities to do good; 4.

    Watch over each other in love; 5. 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 into a state of salvation: see chap. xv. 1, 2.

    Quit you like men] Be not like children tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine; let your understanding receive the truth; let your judgment determine on the absolute necessity of retaining it; and give up life rather than give up the testimony of God.

    Be strong.] Put forth all the vigour and energy which God has given you in maintaining and propagating the truth, and your spiritual strength will increase by usage. The terms in this verse are all military: Watch ye, grhgoreite, watch, and be continually on your guard, lest you be surprised by your enemies; keep your scouts out, and all your sentinels at their posts, lest your enemies steal a march upon you. See that the place you are in be properly defended; and that each be alert to perform his duty.

    Stand fast in the faith-sthkete en th pistei? Keep in your ranks; do not be disorderly; be determined to keep your ranks unbroken; keep close together. On your unity your preservation depends; if the enemy succeed in breaking your ranks, and dividing one part of this sacred army from another, your rout will be inevitable.

    Quit yourselves like men-andrizesqe? When you are attacked, do not flinch; maintain your ground; resist; press forward; strike home; keep compact; conquer.

    Be strong-krataiouaqe. If one company or division be opposed by too great a force of the enemy, strengthen that division, and maintain your position; if an attack is to be made on any part or intrenchment of the foe, summon up all your courage, sustain each other; fear not, for fear will enervate you. Your cause is good; it is the faith, the religion of Jesus; he is your Captain in the field; and, should you even die in the contest, the victory is yours.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 13. Watch ye , etc.] 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 in general, every appearance, and the first motions of it, and particularly unbelief; and against Satan, and his temptations, who is an indefatigable enemy, and whose wiles, devices, and stratagems are many and cunning; and against the world, its charms and snares; and likewise against false teachers, who lie in wait to deceive, and therefore to be guarded against; many of which were among these Corinthians, and made this exhortation very necessary.

    It became them likewise to watch daily at wisdoms gates, to wait constantly upon God in the word and ordinances, and especially to watch unto prayer, and in it, and after it; to all which it is necessary that they should be awake, and not asleep, to which the wise as well as foolish virgins are subject; that they should be sober, and not be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life; and that they be in their proper station, on their watchtower, keeping a good lookout, and being ready armed, to attack an enemy when descried. Many are the reasons why the saints should be upon their watch and guard; as because they have many eyes upon them; the eyes of the omniscient God are upon them, who sees and takes notice of all their actions; the eyes of angels are upon them, and even in their solemn assemblies; the eyes of saints are upon them, though watching for their good; and the eyes of evil men for their halting; and the eyes of devils are upon them, waiting an opportunity to do them hurt and mischief, if possible. Moreover, unwatchfulness exposes to many evils, temptations, and snares; to which may be added, as an inducement to watchfulness, the uncertainty of Christs coming either at death, or to judgment. Stand fast in the faith : which is proper to those that are watchful; for men asleep cannot well stand. This exhortation may respect either standing in the grace of faith, in opposition to doubting and unbelief, and design a continuance in the exercise of it, notwithstanding all the corruptions of nature, and the various sins and infirmities of life, the frequent temptations of Satan, and the many afflictions and trials in the world, which may occasion diffidence and distrust; for standing in this grace, and in such a constant exercise of it, greatly glorifies God, is what is wellpleasing in his sight; and in this way saints have communion with God, peace and comfort in their souls, and much spiritual joy and pleasure: it is the grace by which they stand, and therefore should stand in it, and by which they overcome the world. Or else it may intend standing in the doctrine of faith, in opposition to a departure from it, or a giving up any part of it, or wavering about it; it becomes saints to be steadfast in it, and abide by it, whoever is against it; let them be ever so many, or ever so wise and learned, and whatever may be said against it, as that it is a novel one, a licentious one, and a set of irrational principles, and whatever is the opposition that is made against it, though bonds and afflictions, reproach and persecution in every shape attend it, yet none of these things should move them from it.

    Perhaps that particular doctrine of faith, the resurrection of the dead, may be greatly regarded. Moreover, standing in the profession of faith, both of the grace and doctrine of faith, may be intended; for as this is to be made, it is to be held fast, and stood fast in, without wavering, by all true believers, who have great encouragement so to do from the person and grace of Christ, and from the love and faithfulness of God, and the many gracious promises he has made. Wherefore, quit yourselves like men, be strong ; a like phrase is often used by the Septuagint interpreters, as in ( Deuteronomy 31:6,23 Joshua 1:6,7,9,18 10:25) ( 2 Samuel 10:12 1 Chronicles 22:13 28:20 Chronicles 32:7 Daniel 10:19), from whence the apostle seems to have taken it. It answers to the Hebrew word wath , in ( Isaiah 46:8). Quit you like men ; like men of wisdom and understanding; be not like children for non-proficiency, instability, and weakness; (see Corinthians 14:20); act the part of men; believe not every spirit; be not carried and tossed about with every wind of doctrine; search the Scriptures, and try every doctrine by them; and having found what is truth abide by it, and be proficients in it, instructing and establishing yourselves and others. In which sense the Jews use this phrase, saying f364 , in a place where there are no men, ya twyhl ldth , study to be a man, or to show thyself a man; which one of their commentators explains thus; use and accustom thyself to obtain excellent things, and afterwards when there are no wise men to teach, then do thou teach thyself.

    And another after this manner; in the place where there is no man to sit at the head and teach doctrines, do thou. Or play the man, as in ( 2 Samuel 10:12); act like men of valour and courage, stand fast, keep your ground, and contend earnestly for the faith; be valiant for the truth on earth; fight the good fight of faith: it is a good cause believers are engaged in; they have a good Captain and Commander at the head of them; they are provided with good weapons, may be sure of victory, and of having the crown of righteousness, life, and glory: wherefore be strong ; that is, for the faith: so the Targumist on ( Jeremiah 9:3) renders the phrase, they are not valiant for the truth, wpyqt atwnmyhl al , they are not strong for the faith: be strong; not in themselves, but in the Lord, and in the power of his might; in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; believe in him, look to him for strength as well as righteousness; trust in his power, whose arm is not shortened; depend on his grace, which is always sufficient; take heart, be of good courage, and fear no enemy; (see Joshua 1:6), which seems to be particularly referred to here.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 13-18 - A Christian is always in danger, therefore should ever be on the watch He should be fixed in the faith of the gospel, and never desert or giv it up. By this faith alone he will be able to keep his ground in a hour of temptation. Christians should be careful that charity not onl reigns in their hearts, but shines in their lives. There is a grea difference between Christian firmness and feverish warmth an transport. The apostle gave particular directions as to some who serve the cause of Christ among them. Those who serve the saints, those wh desire the honour of the churches, and to remove reproaches from them are to be thought much of, and loved. They should willingly acknowledg the worth of such, and all who laboured with or helped the apostle.


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    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    16:13 {
    Watch ye} (gregoreite). Stay awake. Late present from egregora second perfect of egeirw, to awake. {Quit you like men} (andrizesqe). Play the man. Middle voice, show yourselves men. From aner, a man.


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