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Philemon 1:8

Paul’s Plea for Onesimus

8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,

Read Philemon 1:8 Using Other Translations

Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required,
That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do.

What does Philemon 1:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Philemon 1:8

Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ
Or use much freedom of speech in the name of Christ, as an ambassador of his, and great authority as his apostle, which was given him for edification:

to enjoin thee that which is convenient;
which became him as a believer in Christ, and a minister of the Gospel; which was his duty, and was obligatory upon him, agreeable to the doctrines of Christ; who taught men to love their enemies, to be reconciled to their brethren, that had offended them, especially when they repented; and therefore it was fit and proper that he should receive his servant again, since God had called him by his grace, and given him repentance for his sins: upon this foot the apostle could have commanded him, as he did in other cases, ( 2 Thessalonians 3:6 2 Thessalonians 3:12 ) , but he chose not to address him in an authoritative way, but by way of entreaty, as follows.

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