Paul’s Commendation of Phoebe 16 1I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant[K] of the church in Cenchreae. 2So you should welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints and assist her in whatever matter she may require your help. For indeed she has been a benefactor of many—and of me also. Greeting to Roman Christians 3Give my greetings to Prisca[L] and Aquila, my coworkers in Christ Jesus, 4who risked their own necks for my life. Not only do I thank them, but so do all the Gentile churches. 5Greet also the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert[M] to Christ from Asia.[N] 6Greet Mary,[O] who has worked very hard for you.[P] 7Greet Andronicus and Junia,[Q] my fellow countrymen and fellow prisoners. They are noteworthy in the eyes of the apostles,[R][S] and they were also in Christ before me. 8Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. 9Greet Urbanus, our coworker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. 10Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. 11Greet Herodion, my fellow countryman. Greet those who belong to the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. 12Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who have worked hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked very hard in the Lord. 13Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother—and mine. 14Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. 15Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send you greetings. Warning against Divisive People 17Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause dissensions and obstacles contrary to the doctrine you have learned. Avoid them, 18for such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites.[T] They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words. Paul’s Gracious Conclusion 19The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good, yet innocent about what is evil. 20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. 21Timothy, my coworker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow countrymen, greet you. 22I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.[U] 23Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus greet you. [24The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.][V] Glory to God 25Now to Him who has power to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation about Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept silent for long ages 26but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God to advance the obedience of faith[W] among all nations— 27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ—to Him be the glory forever![X] Amen.
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