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Salute the beloved Persis, which labored much in The Lord. This is one of the chapters a good many Bible readers think they can skip with impunity. It is little but a list of names of people we do not know anything about. Really, however, there are no chapters we can afford to miss. In this sixteenth chapter of Romans there is a good deal more than a list of names. Each mention of a person has a condensed biography attached to it. It is wonderful how much we will know about these Roman Christians when we meet them in heaven, if only we make a study of all that we are told about them here. Take one name as illustration. “Salute Persis the beloved, who labored much in The Lord.” She was “beloved,” a woman of such sweet life that, like John, she was called “the beloved.” She had “labored” – past tense; now she was laid aside, perhaps a shut–in. She had “labored much” – constantly, not sparing herself. It was “in The Lord” that she had labored – that she had wrought so faithfully.