New American Standard Bible
who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;
King James Bible
Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
Darby Bible Translation
(who for my life staked their own neck; to whom not I only am thankful, but also all the assemblies of the nations,)
World English Bible
who for my life, laid down their own necks; to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the assemblies of the Gentiles.
Young's Literal Translation
who for my life their own neck did lay down, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the assemblies of the nations --
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Who have for my life - In order to save my life.
Laid down their own necks - To "lay down the neck" is to lay the head on a block to be cut off with the axe; or to bow down the head as when the neck was exposed to be cut off by the sword of the executioner. The meaning is, that they had hazarded their lives, had exposed themselves to imminent danger, to save the life of Paul. On what occasion this was done, is not known, as it is not referred to in the New Testament elsewhere. As Paul, however, lived with them Acts 18:3, and as he was often persecuted by the Jews, it is probable that he refers to some such period when he was persecuted, when Aquila and Priscilla took him into their house at the imminent hazard of their lives.
All the churches of the Gentiles - All the churches that had been founded by the apostles. They "felt" their deep obligation to them for having saved the life of him who had been their founder, and who was their spiritual father.
'Salute the beloved Persis, who laboured much in the Lord.'--ROMANS xvi. 12. There are a great number of otherwise unknown Christians who pass for a moment before our view in this chapter. Their characterisations are like the slight outlines in the background of some great artist's canvas: a touch of the brush is all that is spared for each, and yet, if we like to look sympathetically, they live before us. Now, this good woman, about whom we never hear again, and for whom these few words are all …
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)
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Ignorance of Evil.
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.
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