Philemon 1:10

“I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I beseech thee for my sonne Onesimus, whome I haue begotten in my bonds,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I beseech thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,
- American Standard Version (1901)

My request is for my child Onesimus, the child of my chains,
- Basic English Bible

I exhort thee for *my* child, whom I have begotten in [my] bonds, Onesimus,
- Darby Bible

I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
- Webster's Bible

I entreat you on behalf of my own child whose father I have become while in my chains--I mean Onesimus.
- Weymouth Bible

I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,
- World English Bible

Y biseche thee for my sone Onesyme, whom Y in boondis bigat,
- Wycliffe Bible

I entreat thee concerning my child -- whom I did beget in my bonds -- Onesimus,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:10


1:10 Whom I have begotten in my bonds - The son of my age.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:10


Phm 1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus. His spiritual son, whom he has begotten in [his] bonds, while a prisoner in chains, had converted. It is possible that Epaphras met Onesimus, his fellow-townsman in Rome, and brought him to Paul.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • BSP
    Paul was encouraging Philemon to show forgiveness and was even willing to take the blame for Onesimus so that peace could be restored.
  • Steve Harmon
    Ann Braun Paul is saying he is his Spiritual father, he led him to the Lord. In bonds means he led him to the Lord while he was in prison. He also calls Timothy his son which we know he was a teen when Paul met him. Paul helped teach him in the things of God.

  • Terri
    Anne, bond does not mean from one's bowels.
  • Breeze
    I think shows a great lesson. From how I read the chapter, I think Philemon had no problem receiving his servant back. It makes me wonder if he had been praying for Onesimus to meet someone to lead him to the Lord. How wonderful that the Lord reconnected them through a mutual friend. I hope to have my own Onesimus testimony one day with a long-lost friend.
  • Joe
    Anne - What I understand is that Onesimus was a slave who belonged to Philemon and that Philemon was a believer who loved both God and the saints. At some point Onesimus ran away to Rome, heard the word of God, and became a believer. Paul calls Onesimus his son because of their common bond, Jesus Christ.
  • Anne Braun
    You all have confused me in interpreting words that Paul did not say. Paul refers to Onesimus as his son. There is no mistaking this: 10 "I beseech thee for my son Onesimus whom I have begotten in my bonds." 12 "....that is, mine own bowels." Nowhere am I reading in this chapter that Onesimus was Paul's slave, but was his SON. Acting as ones servant is entirely different. It sounds to me as if Paul begot a son while he was in bondage, this son at some point ran away, or left the fold so to speak, now he has returned a changed person and Paul is asking now that he is aged, elderly , that Onesimus be received as if he were Paul himself. How are you all interpreting the situation to be different other than what Paul said? Explain?

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