1 Paul, prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timotheus the brother, to Philemon the beloved and our fellow-workman, a

References for Philemon 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Or 'our beloved and fellow-workman.'
      2 and to the sister Apphia and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the assembly which [is] in thine house.
      3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.
      4 I thank my God, always making mention of thee at my prayers,
      5 hearing of thy love and the faith which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints,
      6 in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ [Jesus].
      7 For we have great thankfulness and encouragement through b thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

      References for Philemon 1:7

        • b 1:7 - Epi: 'by occasion of:' see Rom. 10.19. It was the condition of his joy.
          8 Wherefore having much boldness in Christ to enjoin thee what is fitting,
          9 for love's sake I rather exhort, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also prisoner of Jesus Christ. c

          References for Philemon 1:9

            • c 1:9 - Or 'Christ Jesus,' according to some authorities.
              10 I exhort thee for *my* child, whom I have begotten in [my] bonds, Onesimus,
              11 once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:
              12 whom I have sent back to thee: [but do *thou* receive] him, that is, *my* bowels:
              13 whom *I* was desirous of keeping with myself, that for d thee he might minister e to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;

              References for Philemon 1:13

                • d 1:13 - Huper: 'instead of thee.'
                • e 1:13 - diakoneo.
                  14 but I have wished to do nothing without thy mind, that thy good might not be as of necessity but of willingness:
                  15 for perhaps for this reason he has been separated [from thee] for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;
                  16 not any longer as a bondman, but above a bondman, a beloved brother, specially to me, and how much rather to thee, both in [the] flesh and in [the] Lord?
                  17 If therefore thou holdest me to be a partner f [with thee], receive him as me;

                  References for Philemon 1:17

                    • f 1:17 - Koinonos. as Heb. 2.14.
                      18 but if he have wronged thee anything or owe anything [to thee], put this to my account.
                      19 *I* Paul have written [it] with mine own hand; *I* will repay [it]: that I say not to thee that thou owest even thine own self also to me.
                      20 Yea, brother, *I* would have profit of *thee* in [the] Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.
                      21 Being confident of thine obedience, I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.
                      22 But withal prepare me also a lodging; g for I hope that I shall be granted to you through your prayers.

                      References for Philemon 1:22

                        • g 1:22 - Or 'prepare hospitality for me;' that is, 'to receive me as a guest.'
                          23 Epaphras salutes thee, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;
                          24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workmen.
                          25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit.