The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleRomans 16:11
Salute Herodion my kinsman…
According to the flesh,
being of the same nation, a Jew; or of the same tribe, the tribe of
Benjamin; or of the same family, and nearly allied in blood to him:
though the name is of Attic, or Parthic original, and seems to be a
derivative of Herod; this man is reckoned among the seventy
disciples, and said to be bishop of Tarsus: (See Gill on 10:1).
Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the
some have thought, that this Narcissus is the same man that
Suetonius F17 and other writers speak of F18, who was secretary to
Claudius Caesar; a very great favourite of his, who amassed a great
deal of wealth under him, and was raised to great honour and dignity
by him: he himself is not saluted, either because he was not at
home, which might be the case, if, as Ambrose, or rather Hilary the
deacon on the text says, he was a presbyter and abroad, performing
his office in foreign parts; or because he was dead, or rather not a
believer: if he was the same with Claudius's favourite, he was dead
before this time, being miserably put to death by Agrippina F19, the
wife of Claudius; and seems to have died a wicked man, and justly
punished for his being the cause of the destruction of others,
through his calumnies: nor are all of his household saluted, not
being all converted persons; it being frequently the method of
divine grace to take some of a family, and not all, and bring them
to Zion; only those that were "in the Lord", on his heart, and in
his hands, secretly represented by him, and united to him, and who
were openly in him, being called by his grace, and brought to
believe in him, and live upon him.
F17 In Vita Claud sect. 28.
F18 Tacitus, Dio…
F19 Tacit. Hist. l. 13.