Personal Greetings

16 I commend(A) to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon[a][b] of the church in Cenchreae.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 16:1 Or servant
  2. Romans 16:1 The word deacon refers here to a Christian designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in Phil. 1:1 and 1 Tim. 3:8,12.

12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again,(A) but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us,(B) so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

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12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves.(A) When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

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18 For it is not the one who commends himself(A) who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.(B)

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Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

11 I have made a fool of myself,(A) but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,”[a](B) even though I am nothing.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:11 Or the most eminent apostles

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