Romans 16:1

“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I commend vnto you Phebe our sister, which is a seruant of the Church which is at Cenchrea:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I commend unto you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church that is at Cenchreae:
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is my desire to say a good word for Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae:
- Basic English Bible

But I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is minister of the assembly which is in Cenchrea;
- Darby Bible

I commend to you Phebe our sister, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
- Webster's Bible

Herewith I introduce our sister Phoebe to you, who is a servant of the Church at Cenchreae,
- Weymouth Bible

I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is a servant of the assembly that is at Cenchreae,
- World English Bible

And Y comende to you Feben, oure sister, which is in the seruyce of the chirche that is at Teucris,
- Wycliffe Bible

And I commend you to Phebe our sister -- being a ministrant of the assembly that [is] in Cenchrea --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 16:1


16:1 I commend unto you Phebe - The bearer of this letter. A servant - The Greek word is a deaconness. Of the church in Cenchrea - In the apostolic age, some grave and pious women were appointed deaconnesses in every church. It was their office, not to teach publicly, but to visit the sick, the women in particular, and to minister to them both in their temporal and spiritual necessities.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 16:1


Ro 16:1 Personal Salutations SUMMARY OF ROMANS 16: The Bearer of the Letter Commended. The Church Asked to Give Her Aid in the Work That Calls Her to. Rome. Greetings for Old Friends and Fellow-Laborers. A Household Church. Warned Against Divisions. Farewell Benediction. I commend unto you Phebe, our sister. Evidently the bearer of the letter, a sister in Christ. In this list of persons greeted, a number are women, and the greetings show how highly Paul esteemed woman's work in the church. A servant. The word is "diakonia" ("deacon") in the Greek. The word also means "servant", as rendered, but we know that there were deaconesses in the church of the first century, and Paul, in giving her a recommendation, no doubt mentions her office. To say that she was a servant of the church, would convey no special distinction. In the East, where women were so much secluded, deaconesses would be a necessity. Paul evidently refers to them (1Ti 5:9,10). Ignatius, a companion of the apostles, mentions them in one of his epistles, and Pliny does also, in his famous letter to Trajan, early in the second century. Which is at Cenchrea. Paul wrote this letter at Corinth; Cenchrea was its seaport, on the Aegean Sea, about nine miles from the city. A small town with the old name still marks its site.

Discussion for Romans 16

  • Ray321
    Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, We must read all Paul's mysteries in order to understand the Grace age of the Jesus Christ our Lord in the Body of the Church. MYSTERIES
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    Leave every one that works us alone. Just go after the people that fight against us
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 16:26 BUT NOE IS MADE MANIFEST AND --- BY THE SCRIPTURES --- OF THE PROPHETS ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT OF THE EVERLASTING GOD MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS FOR THE --- OBEDIENCE --- OF FAITH 1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 PROVE ALL THINGS HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD MARK 10:18 AND JESUS SAID UNTO HIM WHY CALLEST THOU ME GOOD THERE IS NONE GOOD BUT ONE THAT IS GOD
  • Wayne
    Butch, many are made Christians by taking Christ as personal Saviour. Shouldn't be sad for you that others are saved. Living in victory. Don't try to limit the Lord by your understanding alone. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are limitless in scope and action. Man tries to limit the work of the Saviour. He'll do as is needed to keep souls out of the fire. Victorious living. GBU
  • Jim Kirkpatrick Romans 16:25
    Romans 16:25 " The mystery" is refered to as when Paul was with Jesus for over 3 years in the desert learning about what to teach the Gentiles regarding their new salvation found in Christ. God knew about this from the beginning of time and it was hid from mankind until this period of time with Paul
  • Irene123
    I agree with Sylvia of 7 mos. ago to J. Thomas. But, to take it further - Acts 14:18 - " ... scarce restrained the people from doing sacrifice to them". I know that's not verbatim, but the sense is there. So-called 'saints' in some churches have candles lit to them and prayers to them - in that saints name , which is un-biblical. A true saint does not WANT to be worshipped. They are - humble .

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