New International Version
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
King James Bible
Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
Darby Bible Translation
Salute Rufus, chosen in [the] Lord; and his mother and mine.
World English Bible
Greet Rufus, the chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
Young's Literal Translation
Salute Rufus, the choice one in the Lord, and his mother and mine,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Rufus, chosen in the Lord - Τον εκλεκον, one of great excellence in Christianity; a choice man, as we would say. So the word εκλεκτος often signifies. Psalm 78:31 : They smote τους εκλεκτους, the chosen men that were of Israel. So εκλεκτα μνημεια are choice sepulchres, Genesis 23:6 : εκλεκτα των δωρων choice gifts, Deuteronomy 12:11; and ανδρες εκλεκτοι, choice men, Judges 20:16. By the same use of the word, the companions of Paul and Barnabas are termed chosen men, εκλεξαμενους ανδρας, persons in whom the Church of God could confide. See Whitby.
His mother and mine - It is not likely that the mother of Rufus was the mother of Paul; but while she was the natural mother of the former, she acted as a mother to the latter. We say of a person of this character, that she is a motherly woman. Among the ancients, he or she who acted a kind, instructing, and indulgent part to another, was styled the father or mother of such a one. So Terence: -
Natura tu illi pater es, consiliis ego.
Adelphi, Act. i. scen. 2, ver. 47.
Thou art his father by nature, I by instruction.
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A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.
Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with them.
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The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth--and not I only, but also all who know the truth--
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