Romans 16:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 16:10, NIV: Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.

Romans 16:10, ESV: Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus.

Romans 16:10, KJV: Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household.

Romans 16:10, NASB: Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.

Romans 16:10, NLT: Greet Apelles, a good man whom Christ approves. And give my greetings to the believers from the household of Aristobulus.

Romans 16:10, CSB: Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.

What does Romans 16:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Next on Paul's list for his Roman readers to greet is Apelles. We don't know anything about the man other than the fact that Paul describes him as approved in Christ. It may be that Apelles faced and overcame some challenge to his faith or Paul may mean that he is approved in the more general sense of the word as one who is respected by others (Romans 14:18).

Paul then wishes greetings for a group of people: those belonging to the household of a man named Aristobulus. Some scholars associate this person with the grandson of Herod the Great and the brother of King Herod Agrippa I. That Aristobulus died in A.D. 48, which would explain why Paul doesn't send greetings to him. Instead, he asks the Roman Christians to greet the family members (and likely the slaves) of his household, indicating that Paul knew some of them or that they were known to have come to faith in Christ.