Philemon 1:12

12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you.

Read Philemon 1:12 Using Other Translations

Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.
I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.

What does Philemon 1:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Philemon 1:12

Whom I have sent again
From Rome to Colosse, or to Philemon, wherever he was, along with this epistle:

thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels;
meaning his son, who, in a spiritual sense, came out of his bowels, to whom he stood in the relation of a spiritual father; so the Syriac version renders it, as my son, so receive him; see ( Genesis 15:4 ) ( 2 Samuel 16:11 ) and for whom he had a most strong affection, and tender regard; his bowels yearned for him, and he suggests by this expression, that should he reject him, it would give him the utmost pain and uneasiness; and he should be obliged to cry out as the Prophet Jeremy did, "my bowels, my bowels, I am pained at the very heart"; ( Jeremiah 4:19 ) wherefore he entreats him to receive him again into his house and family, into his service, and into his heart and affections, where the apostle had received him.

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