2 Timothy 1:16
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New International Version
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.

New Living Translation
May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains.

English Standard Version
May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains,

Berean Study Bible
May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he has often refreshed me and was unashamed of my chains.

Berean Literal Bible
May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he refreshed me often, and he was not ashamed of my chain.

New American Standard Bible
The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains;

King James Bible
The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.

International Standard Version
May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often took care of me and was not ashamed that I was a prisoner.

NET Bible
May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my imprisonment.

New Heart English Bible
May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
May our Lord give compassion to the house of Onesiphorus, who many times has refreshed me and was not ashamed of the chains of my bondage;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May the Lord be merciful to the family of Onesiphorus. He often took care of my needs and wasn't ashamed that I was a prisoner.

New American Standard 1977
The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chains;

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain;

King James 2000 Bible
The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chains:

American King James Version
The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

American Standard Version
The Lord grant mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus: for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus: because he hath often refreshed me, and hath not been ashamed of my chain:

Darby Bible Translation
The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he has often refreshed me, and has not been ashamed of my chain;

English Revised Version
The Lord grant mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus: for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain;

Webster's Bible Translation
The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

Weymouth New Testament
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus; for many a time he cheered me and he was not ashamed of my chain.

World English Bible
May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain,

Young's Literal Translation
may the Lord give kindness to the house of Onesiphorus, because many times he did refresh me, and of my chain was not ashamed,
Study Bible
Hold to Sound Teaching
15You know that everyone in the Province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he has often refreshed me and was unashamed of my chains. 17Indeed, when he arrived in Rome, he searched diligently until he found me.…
Cross References
Ruth 1:8
And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.

2 Samuel 2:6
"Now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.

Matthew 25:36
I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.'

Acts 21:33
The commander came up and arrested Paul, ordering that he be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done.

Ephesians 6:20
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should.

2 Timothy 1:8
So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.

2 Timothy 1:12
For this reason, even though I suffer as I do, I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.

2 Timothy 1:17
Indeed, when he arrived in Rome, he searched diligently until he found me.

2 Timothy 4:19
Greet Prisca and Aquila, as well as the household of Onesiphorus.
Treasury of Scripture

The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

Lord.

2 Timothy 1:18 The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that …

Nehemiah 5:19 Think on me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done …

Nehemiah 13:14,22,31 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good …

Psalm 18:25 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; with an upright …

Psalm 37:26 He is ever merciful, and lends; and his seed is blessed.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 10:41,42 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive …

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you …

2 Corinthians 9:12-14 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

the house.

2 Timothy 4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

refreshed.

1 Corinthians 16:18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge …

Philemon 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels …

and was. See on ver.

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

my.

Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to …

Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, …

(16) The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus.--In striking contrast to those false friends who turned away from him was one, also well known to Timothy, probably an Ephesian merchant. Onesiphorus, to whose house the Apostle prays the Lord to give mercy, had, early in this last imprisonment of St. Paul, arrived in Rome on matters connected probably with business. There he heard of the arrest of that great master whom he had known well in Asia, and sought him out in his prison. There is but little doubt that when St. Paul wrote this Epistle Onesiphorus' death must have recently taken place, both from the terms of this verse--where mercy is prayed, not for him, but for his house--and also from the expression "in that day," used in 2Timothy 1:18. There is something strangely touching in this loving memory of "one" who, in his trouble, did not forsake him, but whose devotion was rather increased by his danger, and this one faithful friend would never be able again to show his love to the prisoner, for God had called him home.

For he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain.--"He oft refreshed me" does not imply that he ministered only to the Apostle's bodily needs when he was in prison, though the word, no doubt, includes this. But "he refreshed" him by frequent visits, by, no doubt, much anxious forethought in the matter of St. Paul's deliverance from prison and bonds, by a noble disregard of the personal danger which he incurred by his open intimacy with a prisoner charged, as St. Paul must have been, with treason against the empire. "He was not ashamed of my chain." (See Acts 28:20, where "the chain" of another captivity is mentioned.)

Verse 16. - Grant for give, A.V. Grant mercy (δώη ἔλεος). This connection of the words is only found here. The house of Onesiphorus. It is inferred from this expression, coupled with that in 2 Timothy 4:19, that Onesiphorus himself was no longer living; and hence ver. 18 (where see note) is thought by some to be an argument for prayers for the dead. The inference, further strengthened by the peculiar language of ver. 18, though not absolutely certain, is undoubtedly probable. The connection between this and the preceding verse is the contrast between the conduct of Phygelus and Hermogenes and that of Onesiphorus. They repudiated all acquaintance with the apostle in his day of trial; he, when he was in Rome, diligently sought him and with difficulty found him. and oft refreshed him with Christian sympathy and communion, acting with no less courage than love. He was no longer on earth to receive a prophet's reward (Matthew 10:41), but St. Paul prays that he may receive it in the day of Christ, and that meanwhile God may requite to his family the mercy he had showed to St. Paul. Refreshed me (ἀνεψυξε); literally, revived me. Only here in the New Testament, but comp. Acts 3:19. Chain (ἅλυσιν); in the singular, as Ephesians 6:20; Acts 28:20 (where see note). The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus,.... Who seems to have been one of Asia, and of Ephesus, and is an exception from the general apostasy, or from those that turned away from the apostle; and therefore he prays that the Lord would show mercy to his family; that he would give regenerating grace and mercy to such of them as were without it, or pardoning grace and mercy, or the great mercy of eternal life and salvation by Christ; and this doubtless was a prayer in faith, upon the promises of God, and upon instances and examples, in which God has remarkably shown mercy to the families of good men, who have faithfully served him, and abode in his interest in times of trouble; thus the house of Obed Edom was blessed for the sake of the ark, that was taken care of by them; the reasons of this prayer and good wishes follow:

for he oft refreshed me; both with his Christian visits, and spiritual conversation, which to the apostle, in the heat of his affliction and persecution, were like a fan in hot weather, cooling and reviving, as the word signifies; and also by supplying him with the necessaries of life, as food and raiment, or money to purchase them with. He answered to his name, which signifies, "one that brings profit": he is said to be one of the seventy disciples; See Gill on Luke 10:1 and afterwards to be bishop of Corone:

and was not ashamed of my chain; the Syriac version adds, "with which I am bound"; in which he lay, or by which he was held, and led by a soldier; see Acts 28:16. Onesiphorus was not ashamed of the apostle, though he was bound with a chain; nor was he ashamed of the cause for which he suffered: and the apostle proposes him to Timothy, as an example worthy of imitation, in those times of defection. See 2 Timothy 1:8. 16. The Lord give mercy—even as Onesiphorus had abounded in works of mercy.

the house of Onesiphorus—He himself was then absent from Ephesus, which accounts for the form of expression (2Ti 4:19). His household would hardly retain his name after the master was dead, as Bengel supposes him to have been. Nowhere has Paul prayers for the dead, which is fatal to the theory, favored by Alford also, that he was dead. God blesses not only the righteous man himself, but all his household.

my chain—Paul in the second, as in his first imprisonment, was bound by a chain to the soldier who guarded him.1:15-18 The apostle mentions the constancy of Onesiphorus; he oft refreshed him with his letters, and counsels, and comforts, and was not ashamed of him. A good man will seek to do good. The day of death and judgment is an awful day. And if we would have mercy then, we must seek for it now of the Lord. The best we can ask, for ourselves or our friends, is, that the Lord will grant that we and they may find mercy of the Lord, when called to pass out of time into eternity, and to appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
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