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Chapter 16

1I want to introduce to you our sister Phoebe, who is a helper in the church at Cenchreae. 2Welcome her as a Christian, as God’s people should welcome one another, and give her whatever help she may need from you. For she has herself been a protection to many, including myself.

3Remember me to Prisca and Aquila, my fellow-workers in the cause of Christ Jesus, 4who risked their necks to save my life. Not only I but also all the churches among the heathen thank them. Remember me also to the church that meets at their house. 5Remember me to my dear Epaenetus, who was the first man in Asia to turn to Christ. 6Remember me to Mary, who has worked so hard for you. 7Remember me to Andronicus and Junias, my fellow-countrymen, who went to prison with me. They are noted men among the missionaries, and they became Christians before I did. 8Remember me to Ampliatus, my dear Christian friend. 9Remember me to Urbanus, our fellow-worker in Christ’s cause, and to my dear Stachys. 10Remember me to that veteran Christian, Apelles. Remember me to those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. 11Remember me to my fellow-countryman, Herodion. Remember me to the Christians in the household of Narcissus. 12Remember me to Tryphaena and Tryphosa, those hard workers in the Lord’s cause. Remember me to my dear Persis, who has worked so hard for the Lord, 13Remember me to Rufus, that eminent Christian, and to his mother, who has been a mother to me. 14Remember me to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who meet with them. 15Remember me to Philologus and Julia, to Nereus and his sister, and to Olympas, and all God’s people who meet with them. 16Greet one another with a sacred kiss. All the churches of Christ wish to be remembered to you.

17I beg you, brothers, to be on the watch for those who introduce divisions and difficulties, in opposition to the instruction that you were given, and to avoid them. 18Such men are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own base passions, and with their plausible and flattering talk they deceive simple-minded people. 19Everyone has heard of your obedience, and I am very happy about you, but I want you to be wise about what is good and guileless about what is bad. 20And God, who is the source of peace, will soon crush Satan under your feet.

The blessing of our Lord Jesus be with you.

21My fellow-worker, Timothy, wishes to be remembered to you, and so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow-countrymen. 22I, Tertius, who write this letter, wish to be remembered to you as a fellow-Christian. 23My host, Gaius, the host of the whole church, wishes to be remembered to you. Erastus, the city-treasurer, and our brother Quartus wish to be remembered to you.

25To him who can make you strong by the good news I bring and the preaching about Jesus Christ, through the disclosure of the secret kept back for long ages but now revealed, 26and at the command of the eternal God made known through the writings of the prophets to all the heathen, to lead them to obedience and faith— 27to the one wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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