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Philemon 1:13

“Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whome I would haue reteined with mee, that in thy stead hee might haue ministred vnto me in the bonds of the Gospel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Though my desire was to keep him with me, to be my servant in the chains of the good news, in your place:
- Basic English Bible

whom *I* was desirous of keeping with myself, that for thee he might minister to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;
- Darby Bible

Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel:
- Webster's Bible

It was my wish to keep him at my side for him to attend to my wants, as your representative, during my imprisonment for the Good News.
- Weymouth Bible

whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.
- World English Bible

whom Y wolde withholde with me, that he schulde serue for thee to me in boondis of the gospel;
- Wycliffe Bible

whom I did wish to retain to myself, that in thy behalf he might minister to me in the bonds of the good news,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:13

1:13 To serve me in thy stead - To do those services for me which thou, if present, wouldest gladly have done thyself.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:13

Phm 1:13 Whom I would have retained with me. Would gladly have kept him with me to render for thee the service you would be glad to give me while I am in chains.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • 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?
  • Atsu Praize for verse 6
    I acknowledge that i have ternal life in me! I john 5:13
  • Fortunate manhiri
    i think this also imply to the church of today.we need to accomodate the whole communite despite their weakness.and be patiant give them time to reform other than descrimnating
  • Marc
    GODS QUESTIONMARK ON YOU...Phalieman 1:8-22... 1Reference: whois your reference and who take responsibility for your sins, your problems, your attitudes, Jesus, said will take responsibility- That is Christ...Just as a person will use you as a reference...you have to answer some questions about that person..maybe 2 or three...most of us use or pastor and they will ask ...do they come to church?...are they there on time? ..Do they attend regularly?...Jesus is our reference for God... 2.Return..the return to Philemon as a different changeperson from slave to a person...Paul looked at the slave as a person and not a slave. 3. Reconciliation- Take him backas a brother to serve with you in Christ.....Paul wrote this in his own hand to teach about his personal pledge to the slave...to teach Philimon the rich man...2nd Corintians 5:19---21...The slave changed his life after he had run away and come back as Paul was his reference...
  • Kimberly Johnson
    I like this want more

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