161 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
English Standard Version
161 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servantOr deaconess of the church at Cenchreae,
161 Be sure to welcome our friend Phoebe in the way of the Master, with all the generous hospitality we Christians are famous for. I heartily endorse both her and her work. She's a key representative of the church at Cenchrea.
New King James Version
161 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea,
New Living Translation
161 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea.
Paul recommends Phebe to the Christians at Rome. It becomes Christians to help one another in their affairs, especially strangers; we know not what help we may need ourselves. Paul asks help for one that had been helpful to many; he that watereth shall be watered also himself. Though the care of all the churches came upon him daily, yet he could remember many persons, and send salutations to each, with particular characters of them, and express concern for them. Lest any should feel themselves hurt, as if Paul had forgotten them, he sends his remembrances to the rest, as brethren and saints, though not named. He adds, in the close, a general salutation to them all, in the name of the churches of Christ.