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Romans 16 - An Understandable Version (2005 edition)

Personal Greetings

1. I recommend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church at Cenchrea. [Note: This was a seaport town about seven miles east of Corinth].

2. Welcome her [as someone to fellowship] in the Lord, in a way that God’s people should. And you people should help her in whatever way she needs you, for she herself has helped many people, including me.

3. I send greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow-workers in [the service of] Christ Jesus.

4. They risked their own lives for me, so not only I, but also all the Gentile churches [i.e., people converted from among the Gentiles] are grateful to them [for this].

5. I also send greetings to the church that meets in their house. Greetings to my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia [Note: This was a province in the western part of present-day Turkey].

6. Greetings to Mary, who worked very hard for you [i.e., she served the church in Rome].

7. Greetings to Andronicus and Junias, my fellow-Jews [or possibly actual relatives] who were in prison with me. These [men] are considered outstanding by the apostles, and were Christians before I was [converted].

8. Greetings to Ampliatus, my dear friend in [the fellowship of] the Lord.

9. Greetings to Urbanus, our fellow-worker in [the service of] Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.

10. Greetings to Apelles, [who was tested and] approved in [the service of] Christ. Greetings to members of the family of Aristobulus.

11. Greetings to Herodion, my fellow-Jew. [See verse 7]. Greetings to those members of the family of Narcissus who are Christians.

12. Greetings to Tryphena and Tryphosa, who are workers in [the service of] the Lord and to Persis, my dear friend who worked hard in [the service of] the Lord.

13. Greetings to Rufus, an outstanding servant in [the service of] the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me also.

14. Greetings to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the [other] brothers who are with them.

15. Greetings to Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all [the others] of God’s people who are with them.

16. Greet one another with a holy kiss [i.e., to signify affection, yet without sensuality]. All of the churches of Christ [i.e., which Paul established or preached in] send you their greetings.

17. Now I urge you, brothers, watch out for those who are causing divisions and occasions for falling [away from God over matters] contrary to the teaching you have learned, and withdraw from them [i.e., stop listening to their false teaching].

18. For such men are not serving our Lord Christ but their own [unspiritual] appetites. They are deceiving the minds of innocent people by their smooth talk and flattering words.

19. For everyone has heard about your obedience [to the truth], and [because of this], I am very happy over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.

20. And the God, who brings peace, will soon crush Satan under your feet [i.e., bring an end to the divisive work of the false teachers there]. May the unearned favor of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you [people].

21. My fellow-worker Timothy sends his greetings to you, and so do my fellow-Jews Lucius, Jason and Sosipater. [See verse 7].

22. I am Tertius, who is writing this letter [for Paul], and I send you my greetings in [the fellowship of] the Lord.

23. Gaius, who is hosting me [i.e., Paul] and the whole church [here], sends you his greetings. [Note: This was probably the Gaius who lived in Corinth (I Cor. 1:14) and was apparently both wealthy and generous]. Erastus, the city treasurer [of Corinth] sends his greetings to you, along with our brother Quartus.

24. {Some manuscripts contain this verse which repeats the benediction of verse 20}

25. – See Verse 27

26. – See Verse 27

27. Now may there be glory for ever, through Jesus Christ, to the only wise God, who is able to make you stand firm [in the faith], according to the good news and proclamation of Jesus Christ. This message is the secret which was [eventually] revealed, after having been concealed for long ages. It is now being made known through the writings of the prophets, as commanded by the eternal God, to [people of] all the nations, in order to bring about their obedience to the faith [i.e., so they will believe and obey the truth]. May it be so.






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