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

  • Renee Allen
    Onesimus was Philemon's slave who had run away. Philemon 1:10-14. If you're not sure of the meaning ask GOD to give you wisdom knowledge and understanding of His word! He will. We receive not because we ask not! Have a blessed day! GODS CHILD.
  • 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.

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