The God of peace (o qeo th eirhnh). One of the characteristics of God that Paul often mentions in benedictions ( 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:16 ; 2 Corinthians 13:11 ; Philippians 4:9 ; Romans 16:20 ). Because of the "amen" here some scholars would make this the close of the Epistle and make chapter 16 a separate Epistle to the Ephesians. But the MSS. are against it. There is nothing strange at all in Paul's having so many friends in Rome though he had not yet been there himself. Rome was the centre of the world's life as Paul realized ( Romans 1:15 ). All men sooner or later hoped to see Rome.