Easton's Bible Dictionary
fortunate; affable, A female member of the church at
Philippi, whom Paul beseeches to be of one mind with Euodias ( Philippians
4:2 , 4:3
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
that speaks or discourses
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(with fate) A female member of the church of Philippi.
4:2 , 4:3
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
sin'-ti-ke (Suntuche, literally, "fortunate" (Philippians
A Christian woman in the church at Philippi; She and Euodia, who had some quarrel
or cause of difference between them, are mentioned by name by Paul, and are besought
separately: "I beseech Euodia, and I beseech Syntyche" (the King James Version)
to be reconciled to one another, to be "of the same mind in the Lord." The apostle
also entreats an unnamed Christian at Philippi, whom he terms "true yokefellow,"
to "help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel." What he means is
that he asks the true yokefellow to help Euodia and Syntyche, each of whom had
labored with Paul.
This refers to the visit which he, in company with Silas and Luke and Timothy,
paid to Philippi (Acts
16:12), and which resulted in the gospel being introduced to that city and
the church being formed there. Euodia and Syntyche had been among the first converts
and had proved helpful in carrying on the work. The word used for "labored" signifies
"they joined with me in my struggle," and probably refers to something more than
ordinary labor, for those were critical times of danger and suffering, which the
apostle and his companions and fellow-workers then encountered at Philippi.
That workers so enthusiastic and so honored should have quarreled, was very sad.
Paul, therefore, entreats them to be reconciled. Doubtless his request was given
heed to, especially in view of his promised visit to Philippi.
See EUODIA; YOKE-FELLOW.
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