2 Timothy 1:18
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New International Version
May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.

New Living Translation
May the Lord show him special kindness on the day of Christ's return. And you know very well how helpful he was in Ephesus.

English Standard Version
may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

Berean Study Bible
May the Lord grant Onesiphorus His mercy on that day. You know very well how much he ministered to me in Ephesus.

Berean Literal Bible
May the Lord grant unto him to find mercy from the Lord in that day! And you know very well how much he served in Ephesus.

New American Standard Bible
the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day-- and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.

King James Bible
The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy from Him on that day. And you know very well how much he ministered at Ephesus.

International Standard Version
May the Lord grant that he finds mercy on the day he comes again. You know very well how much he assisted me in Ephesus.

NET Bible
May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day! And you know very well all the ways he served me in Ephesus.

New Heart English Bible
(the Lord grant to him to find the Lord's mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
May our Lord grant that he find mercy with our Lord in that day; and how that he ministered to me, especially in Ephesaus, you know.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May the Lord grant that Onesiphorus finds mercy when that day comes. You know very well that he did everything possible to help me in Ephesus.

New American Standard 1977
the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day—and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day; and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

King James 2000 Bible
The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, you know very well.

American King James Version
The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus, you know very well.

American Standard Version
(the Lord grant unto him to find mercy of the Lord in that day); and in how many things he ministered at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord grant unto him to find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou very well knowest.

Darby Bible Translation
the Lord grant to him to find mercy from [the] Lord in that day -- and how much service he rendered in Ephesus thou knowest best.

English Revised Version
(the Lord grant unto him to find mercy of the Lord in that day); and in how many things he ministered at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Weymouth New Testament
And you yourself well know all the services which he rendered me in Ephesus.

World English Bible
(the Lord grant to him to find the Lord's mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

Young's Literal Translation
may the Lord give to him to find kindness from the Lord in that day; and how many things in Ephesus he did minister thou dost very well know.
Study Bible
Hold to Sound Teaching
17Indeed, when he arrived in Rome, he searched diligently until he found me. 18May the Lord grant Onesiphorus His mercy on that day. You know very well how much he ministered to me in Ephesus.
Cross References
Acts 18:19
When they reached Ephesus, Paul parted ways with Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue there and reasoned with the Jews.

Acts 18:21
But as he left, he said, "I will come back to you again if God is willing." And he set sail from Ephesus.

Acts 19:1
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the interior and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples

1 Corinthians 1:8
He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:13
his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man's work.

1 Timothy 1:3
As I urged you on my departure to Macedonia, you should stay on at Ephesus to instruct certain men not to teach false doctrines

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 4:8
From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but to all who crave His appearing.
Treasury of Scripture

The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus, you know very well.

that he. See on ver.

2 Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed …

1 Kings 17:20 And he cried to the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, have you also …

Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

mercy.

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand…

Luke 1:72,78 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his …

Romans 3:23,24 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…

Romans 9:15-23 For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, …

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

1 Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, …

in that. See on ver.

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even …

ministered.

Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many …

2 Corinthians 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous …

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

Ephesus.

2 Timothy 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having …

1 Corinthians 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

1 Timothy 1:3 As I sought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, …

Revelation 2:1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he …

(18) The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day . . .--The Greek should be rendered here, favour of the Lord, instead of by "mercy of the Lord." Some commentators, who have found a difficulty in this unusual repetition of "the Lord," explain it thus: The expression, "the Lord grant," had become among Christians so completely "a formulary," that the second use of the word "Lord" was not noticed; and the prayer is thus-simply equivalent to "O that he may find mercy of the Lord." It seems, however, better to keep to the strict. literal meaning, and to understand the first "Lord," in the sense in which the term is always found in the Epistles of St. Paul, as a title of Christ; and the second "Lord" as used of the Father, to whom here (as in Romans 2:5; Romans 2:16; Hebrews 12:23), judgment at the last day is ascribed.

In that day.--The Apostle can never repay now--not even with thanks--the kindness his dead friend showed him in his hour of need; so he prays that the Judge of quick and dead may remember it in the awful day of judgment. It is worthy of note how St. Paul's thoughts here pass over the interval between death and judgment. It was on that day when the great white throne would be set up that he thought of the good deeds done in the body being recompensed by the righteous Judge. No doubt the expectation of the early Christians--in which expectation certainly St. Paul shared--of the speedy coming of the Lord influenced all thinking and speaking of the intermediate state of the soul between death and judgment, and almost seems to have effaced the waiting time from their minds.

And in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.--These services rendered to St. Paul at Ephesus are placed side by side with those things he had done for him at Rome, but as they are mentioned after, they perhaps refer to kind offices undertaken for the prisoner by Onesiphorus after his return from Rome to Ephesus. These things Timothy, the presiding pastor at Ephesus, would, of course, know in their detail better than St. Paul. The Greek word ?????????, rendered "he ministered," has given rise to the suggestion that Onesiphorus was a deacon at Ephesus. Although this is possible, still such an inference from one rather general expression is precarious.

This passage is famous from its being generally quoted among the very rare statements of the New Testament which seem to bear upon the question of the Romish doctrine of praying for the dead.

It may be well very briefly to touch on two points which suggest themselves as to the bearing of this passage on the doctrine in question. (1) Although we here, in common with Roman Catholic interpreters and the majority of the later expositors of the Reformed Church, assume that Onesiphorus was dead when St. Paul wrote to Timothy, and that the words used had reference to St. Paul's dead friend, still it must be remembered that others, well worthy of being heard, writing many centuries before any doctrinal controversy on this subject arose, have held quite another opinion. Theodoret and Chrysostom (quoted by Alford) understood that Onesiphorus was with St. Paul at this time. (2) The prayer, whether it be taken as a prayer or an ejaculation, is simply the expression of an earnest desire, on the part of St. Paul, that the kind act of the dead--assuming, contrary to the opinion of the above quoted Fathers, that he was dead--Onesiphorus towards himself may be remembered on that day when the books are opened before the Judge of quick and dead. It, indeed, only asks--looking fairly at the context--that an act of unrequited and devoted love shown in this life may be remembered in the final judgment. Without touching upon the controversy itself, it seems only just to point out the extreme precariousness of pressing this text--the only one in the New Testament really touching on this subject, and as to the interpretation of which expositors, as we have seen, are by no means in agreement--in support of a controverted doctrine.

Verse 18. - To find for that he may find, A.V.; ministered for ministered unto me, A.V. (The Lord grant unto him). The parenthesis seems only to be required on the supposition that the words δῴη αὐτῷ ὁ Κύριος εὑρεῖν ἔλεος κ.τ.λ.., are a kind of play on the εῦρεν of the preceding verse. Otherwise it is better to take the words as a new sentence. The repetition of "the Lord" is remarkable, but nothing seems to hang upon it. The second παρὰ Κυίου seems to suppose the Lord sitting on the judgment throne. As regards the amount of encouragement given by this passage to prayers for the dead (supposing Onesiphorus to have been dead), the mere expression of a pious wish or hope that he may find mercy is a very slender foundation on which to build the superstructure of prayer and Masses for the deliverance of souls from purgatory. In how many things, etc. St. Paul does not say, as the A.V. makes him say, that Onesiphorus "ministered unto him" at Ephesus. It may have been so, but the words do not necessarily mean this. "What good service he did at Ephesus" would faithfully represent the Greek words; and this might describe great exertions made by Onesiphorus after his return from Rome to procure the apostle's acquittal and release by the intercession of the principal persons at Ephesus. This would, of course, be known to Timothy. It may, however, describe the ministerial labours and services of Onesiphorus at Ephesus after his return from Rome, or it may refer to former ministrations when Paul and Timothy were at Ephesus together (see Introduction). There seem to be no materials for arriving at absolute certainty on the point.



The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day;.... In return for his diligent seeking till he found the apostle. By "mercy", he means the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life; or that crown of righteousness and everlasting glory and happiness, which will be a grant from the Lord, or a free gift through Jesus Christ; the effect of pure grace and mercy, and not of merit. The apostle does not propose to requite him himself; he knew it was out of his power; but he had an interest in the Lord, and at the throne of grace; and he makes use of that in his favour, and prays the Lord that he might find mercy of him: and the meaning is either, that he prayed to God, that he might find mercy of him; or he prayed particularly to the Lord Jesus Christ to act the part of a Mediator for him with his Father, that he might enjoy eternal life through him; or he prayed to God the Father, that he would grant that he might find mercy at the hands of Jesus Christ his Son, the Judge of quick and dead, who, at the great and last day, will give the crown of righteousness to all that love him, and his appearance:

and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well: or "better". Timothy being at Ephesus, of which city Onesiphorus seems to have been, and that when the apostle was there, he very freely communicated to him, as Timothy, who was with him there, knew very well: the apostle does not forget, but remembers former kindnesses, as well as takes notice of present favours, and which shows a grateful mind. The phrase, "unto me", is not in the Greek copies, though it is in the Vulgate Latin and in all the Oriental versions; wherefore the words may be understood of the things which Onesiphorus had ministered to Timothy, and to the church at Ephesus, and to the poor saints there; which Timothy was "better" acquainted with than the apostle could be, he being on the spot: and now since there were so many fallen off, and so few that remained hearty and faithful, but one Onesiphorus to all them that were in Asia; the apostle exhorts to firmness and constancy, in a dependence on the Spirit and grace of God, as follows. 18. grant unto him—as well as "unto his house" (2Ti 1:16).

the Lord—who rewards a kindness done to His disciples as if done to Himself (Mt 25:45).

of—from the Lord; "the Lord" is emphatically put instead of "from Himself," for solemnity and emphasis (2Th 3:5).

in how many things—"how many acts of ministry he rendered."

unto me—omitted in the oldest manuscripts, so that the "ministered" may include services rendered to others as well as to Paul.

very well—rather as Greek, "Thou knowest better" (than I can tell thee, seeing that thou art more of a regular resident at Ephesus). 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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