I hope to see you soon (Rom 15:32)


By God’s will,

I may come to you

With joy

And be refreshed

In your company.”

ἵνα ἐν χαρᾷ ἐλθὼν πρὸς ὑμᾶς διὰ θελήματος Θεοῦ συναναπαύσωμαι ὑμῖν.

Paul said by God’s will (διὰ θελήματος Θεοῦ), that he may come to them with joy (ἵνα ἐν χαρᾷ ἐλθὼν πρὸς ὑμᾶς) and be refreshed in their company (συναναπαύσωμαι ὑμῖν).  Only the Pauline letters used this word συναναπαύσωμαι, that means to lie down to rest with, to be refreshed in spirit with, or along with.  Paul followed God’s will, whatever it was.  Thus, the famous saying, “God willing” has become popular.  If God wanted him to come to them, then he would.  He hoped that he would meet these Roman Christians with joy.  Hopefully, while he was with them, they both would be refreshed in the Holy Spirit.  They would enjoy each other’s company.  Paul’s trip to Rome would be delayed by several years due to the situation in Jerusalem that he ran into.  Have you ever had travel plans delayed?

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