Philemon 1:7

7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Read Philemon 1:7 Using Other Translations

For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

What does Philemon 1:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Philemon 1:7

For we have great joy and consolation in thy love
In the expressions and acts of it to the poor saints; for which reason the apostle gives thanks for it before; and it is a pleasure and comfort to an ingenuous mind, though it is not in his power to do good to the poor saints himself, to see that others have both abilities, and a heart to relieve them:

because the bowels of the saints are, refreshed by thee, brother;
meaning, not only that their bellies were filled with food, for the phrase is used in ( Philemon 1:20 ) where that cannot be intended; but their hearts were filled with gladness, the load upon their spirits, the pressures upon their minds were removed, and they had an inward pleasure in their souls, and rest, refreshment, and comfort, through the liberal communications of Philemon to them; who did what he did cheerfully, that so it did their souls good, as well as their bodies; and in doing which, he acted the part of a brother in Christ.

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