2 that ye may receive her in [the] Lord worthily of saints, and that ye may assist her in whatever matter she has need of you; for *she* also has been a helper of many, and of myself.

References for Romans 16:2

    • b 16:2 - 'Assist' is 'to stand by her and help her.' 'Helper,' prostatis, in this verse is stronger and has a higher sense, and means 'helping as a patron. ' It was used for a Roman patron, and is applied in special honour to Phoebe as one whose help many had been dependent on and had profited by. It was a complimentary touch of heart in which the apostle never fails: they were to 'stand by her for assistance,' but she had been 'a patron' in the matter.