Epaphras (Epapra). The Colossian preacher who apparently started the work in Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicea, and who had come to Rome to enlist Paul's help in the fight against incipient Gnosticism in the Lycus Valley. My fellow-prisoner (o sunaicmalwto mou). See on "Ro 16:7" for this word, also in Colossians 4:10 . Used metaphorically like the verb aicmalwtizw in 2 Corinthians 10:5 , though some hold that Epaphras became a prisoner with Paul in Rome.