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Romans 16

Darby's Synopsis of the New TestamentDarby's Synopsis

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1:1 called (f-7) 'A called apostle,' i.e. an apostle by (divine) calling. Cf. ver. 7 'called saints,' and see note there.

Verse 1

16:1 minister (e-11) Diakonos ; deacon, or deaconess; the word 'minister' here connects with 'to minister' and 'ministry' elsewhere, as ch. 15.31. She did the needed service in the assembly there; she was not properly a servant.

Verse 2

16:2 assist (f-16) helper (f-32) 'Assist' is 'to stand by her and help her.' 'Helper,' prostatis , in this verse is stronger and has a higher sense, and means 'helping as a patron. ' It was used for a Roman patron, and is applied in special honour to Phoebe as one whose help many had been dependent on and had profited by. It was a complimentary touch of heart in which the apostle never fails. they were to 'stand by her for assistance,' but she had been 'a patron' in the matter.

Verse 4

16:4 staked (g-5) Or 'risked,' 'hazarded.'

Verse 18

16:18 serve (a-3) Douleuo . 'to serve as a bondman' as chs. 12.11; 14.18. deceive (b-19) A strong form of the word, as in 1 Timothy 2:14 .

Verse 19

16:19 reached (c-5) i.e. 'come to the knowledge of.'

Verse 20

16:20 bruise (d-7) As Luke 9:39 , 'crushing;' Revelation 2:27 ; 'broken in pieces.'

Verse 25

16:25 mystery, (e-27) It formed no part of what was unfolded in the ages of time, in which God developed his plans in creation; it was a purpose before, and eternally hidden; it was not in reckoned time. See 1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ; Ephesians 3:2-11 ; Ephesians 5:32 ; Colossians 1:25-27 ; Colossians 2:2 ,Colossians 2:3 .

Verse 27

16:27 whom (f-9) The natural construction would be 'to him.' These breaks, through long parentheses, are common with Paul.

Bibliographical Information
Darby, John. "Commentary on Romans 16". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dsn/romans-16.html. 1857-67.
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