Mercy for Onesiphorus (2 Tim. 1:18)

“May the Lord

Grant that Onesiphorus

Will find mercy

From the Lord

On that day!

You know very well

How much service

He rendered

In Ephesus.”

δῴη αὐτῷ ὁ Κύριος εὑρεῖν ἔλεος παρὰ Κυρίου ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ·— καὶ ὅσα ἐν Ἐφέσῳ διηκόνησεν, βέλτιον σὺ γινώσκεις.

Paul said, “May the Lord (ὁ Κύριος) grant (δῴη) that Onesiphorus (αὐτῷ) will find mercy (εὑρεῖν ἔλεος) from the Lord (παρὰ Κυρίου) on that day (ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ)!  You know (σὺ γινώσκεις) very well (βέλτιον) how much (καὶ ὅσα) service he rendered (διηκόνησεν) in Ephesus (ἐν Ἐφέσῳ).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word βέλτιον, that means better or very well.  Then Paul asked that the Lord would grant Onesiphorus mercy on the last judgment day.  Paul explained that Timothy knew very well how much service Onesiphorus had rendered in Ephesus.  Thus, they both knew the importance of Onesiphorus, but he does not seem to be with Paul or Timothy, when Paul was writing this letter to Timothy.  He wanted Timothy to pray for him.  This almost sounds like Onesiphorus had died, but it is not clear.  Do you pray for dead people?

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