The household of Onesiphorus (2 Tim. 1:16)

May the Lord

Grant mercy

To the household

Of Onesiphorus,

Because he often refreshed me.

He was not ashamed

Of my chains.”

δῴη ἔλεος ὁ Κύριος τῷ Ὀνησιφόρου οἴκῳ, ὅτι πολλάκις με ἀνέψυξεν, καὶ τὴν ἅλυσίν μου οὐκ ἐπαισχύνθη,

Paul said, May the Lord (ὁ Κύριος) grant mercy (δῴη ἔλεος) to the household of Onesiphorus (τῷ Ὀνησιφόρου οἴκῳ), because he often refreshed me (ὅτι πολλάκις με ἀνέψυξεν).  He was not ashamed (οὐκ ἐπαισχύνθη) of my chains (καὶ τὴν ἅλυσίν μου).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἀνέψυξεν, that means to refresh, revive, or comfort.  Paul referred here to Onesiphorus and his family or household.  Both Paul and Timothy may have known Onesiphorus and his family at Ephesus.  A household church may have been in his home.  Paul mentioned this household again in chapter: 4:19, where Paul asked Timothy to greet the household of Onesiphorus in Ephesus.  Was Onesiphorus still with Paul in Rome or had he died?  It is not clear.  Onesiphorus had been kind to Paul in the past by comforting him.  In fact, Onesiphorus was not ashamed of Paul’s chains in prison.  Thus, he visited Paul in Rome as the next verse indicates.  Some traditions indicate that he may have been one of the original seventy disciples of Jesus and the later leader or bishop of the church at Corinth, but that is unclear.  Is there some family that has been good to you?