Romans 16:5
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New International Version
Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

New Living Translation
Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ.

English Standard Version
Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia.

Berean Study Bible
Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my beloved Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

Berean Literal Bible
and the church at their house. Greet Epenetus, my beloved, who is a firstfruit of Asia for Christ.

New American Standard Bible
also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.

King James Bible
Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Greet also the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.

International Standard Version
Greet also the church in their house. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who was the first convert to the Messiah in Asia.

NET Bible
Also greet the church in their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

New Heart English Bible
Greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first fruits of Asia to Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And give greetings to the church that is in their house. Invoke the peace of Epentos my beloved, who is the first fruits of Akaia in The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Also greet the church that meets in their house. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus. He was the first person in the province of Asia to become a believer in Christ.

New American Standard 1977
also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.

Jubilee Bible 2000
likewise greet the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia in Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

American King James Version
Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ.

American Standard Version
and'salute the church that is in their house. Salute Epaenetus my beloved, who is the first-fruits of Asia unto Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the church which is in their house. Salute Epenetus, my beloved: who is the firstfruits of Asia in Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
and the assembly at their house. Salute Epaenetus, my beloved, who is [the] first-fruits of Asia for Christ.

English Revised Version
and salute the church that is in their house. Salute Epaenetus my beloved, who is the firstfruits of Asia unto Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epenetus, who is the first-fruits of Achaia to Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
Greetings, too, to the Church that meets at their house. Greetings to my dear Epaenetus, who was the earliest convert to Christ in the province of Asia;

World English Bible
Greet the assembly that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
and the assembly at their house; salute Epaenetus, my beloved, who is first-fruit of Achaia to Christ.
Study Bible
Personal Greetings and Love
4who have risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. 5Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my beloved Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. 6Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you.…
Cross References
Acts 2:9
Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

Acts 16:6
After the Holy Spirit prevented them from speaking the word in the province of Asia, they traveled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia.

Romans 16:4
who have risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.

Romans 16:6
Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you.

1 Corinthians 16:15
You know that Stephanas and his household were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. Now I urge you, brothers,

1 Corinthians 16:19
The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.

Colossians 4:15
Greet the brothers in Laodicea, as well as Nympha and the church that meets at her house.

Philemon 1:2
to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets at your house:
Treasury of Scripture

Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ.

the church.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am …

1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you …

Colossians 4:15 Salute the brothers which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the …

Philemon 1:2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and …

my.

Romans 16:8,12 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord…

3 John 1:1 The elder to the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

who.

Romans 11:16 For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the …

1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brothers, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it …

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

Achaia.

Romans 15:26 For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain …

Acts 18:12,27 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection …

2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy …

2 Corinthians 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you …

(5) The church that is in their house.--A party of Christians seem to have been in the habit of meeting in the house of Aquila and Priscilla for purposes of worship at Rome, as previously at Ephesus (1Corinthians 16:19). Similar instances may be found in Acts 12:12; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2.

Salute.--The same word in the Greek is translated indifferently by "salute" and "greet," an unnecessary caprice.

Firstfruits of Achaia.--For "Achaia" we ought certainly to read "Asia"--i.e., the Roman province of Asia, a broad strip of territory including the whole western end of the peninsula of Asia Minor, from the Propontis in the north, to Lycia in the south. Ephesus was the capital, and the seven "churches in Asia" to which St. John wrote in the Apocalypse--Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea--were the most central and important of its cities.

By "firstfruits of Asia" is meant one of the first converts won over to Christianity in Asia. (Comp. "firstfruits of Achaia," in 1Corinthians 16:15, through the parallelism of which the text of our own passage became corrupted.)

Likewise greet the church that is in their house,.... Which was either their own family, which might be somewhat large, and consisting entirely or chiefly of religious persons; for when they were in other places they had a church in their house as well as Rome; see 1 Corinthians 16:19; or the saints at Rome, who used to meet privately at their house, and pray and sing praises together, speak to one another of the things of God, and build up one another in their most faith; and from their gathering together in the name of Christ, and for the worship of him, and among whom his presence, according to his promise, was, they are called a church, or an assembly of Christians.

Salute my well beloved Epaenetus; for though all the saints were beloved by the apostle, yet there were some, as this good man, for whom he might have, on some account or another, a particular affection; as our Lord, as man, had for his disciple John, though he loved all his disciples. There is one of this name, said to be one of the seventy disciples, and bishop of Carthage; See Gill on Luke 10:1.

Who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ; that is, either he was one of the chief and principal for gifts and grace, or one of the first that was converted to Christ in those parts: the allusion is to the firstfruits under the law, which were offered unto the Lord, and were pledges of, and sanctified the rest. The Vulgate Latin, instead of Achaia, reads "Asia": and so it is read in the Alexandrian copy, and others: the reason of this different reading seems to be, because the house of Stephanas are said to be the firstfruits of Achaia, 1 Corinthians 16:15. But this hinders not but that Epaenetus might be so too, for he might be one of the family of Stephanas, who was now removed to Rome. If he was a Jew, his Jewish name might be Judah, the same with Epaenetus, in Greek. 5. Likewise the church that is in their house—The Christian assembly that statedly met there for worship. "From his occupation as tent-maker, he had probably better accommodations for the meetings of the church than most other Christians" [Hodge]. Probably this devoted couple had written to the apostle such an account of the stated meetings at their house, as made him feel at home with them, and include them in this salutation, which doubtless would be read at their meetings with peculiar interest.

Salute my well beloved Epænetus, who is the first-fruits—that is, the first convert

of Achaia unto Christ—The true reading here, as appears by the manuscripts, is, "the first-fruits of Asia unto Christ"—that is, Proconsular Asia (see Ac 16:6). In 1Co 16:15 it is said that "the household of Stephanas was the first-fruit of Achaia"; and though if Epænetus was one of that family, the two statements might be reconciled according to the received text, there is no need to resort to this supposition, as that text is in this instance without authority. Epænetus, as the first believer in that region called Proconsular Asia, was dear to the apostle. (See Ho 9:10; Mic 7:1). None of the names mentioned from Ro 16:5-15 are otherwise known. One wonders at the number of them, considering that the writer had never been at Rome. But as Rome was then the center of the civilized world, to and from which journeys were continually taken to the remotest parts, there is no great difficulty in supposing that so active a travelling missionary as Paul would, in course of time, make the acquaintance of a considerable number of the Christians then residing at Rome.16:1-16 Paul recommends Phebe to the Christians at Rome. It becomes Christians to help one another in their affairs, especially strangers; we know not what help we may need ourselves. Paul asks help for one that had been helpful to many; he that watereth shall be watered also himself. Though the care of all the churches came upon him daily, yet he could remember many persons, and send salutations to each, with particular characters of them, and express concern for them. Lest any should feel themselves hurt, as if Paul had forgotten them, he sends his remembrances to the rest, as brethren and saints, though not named. He adds, in the close, a general salutation to them all, in the name of the churches of Christ.
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