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Philemon 1:14

“But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But without thy minde would I doe nothing, that thy benefite should not bee as it were of necessitie, but willingly.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But without your approval I would do nothing; so that your good works might not be forced, but done freely from your heart.
- Basic English Bible

but I have wished to do nothing without thy mind, that thy good might not be as of necessity but of willingness:
- Darby Bible

But without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
- Webster's Bible

Only I wished to do nothing without your consent, so that his kind action of yours might not be done under pressure, but might be a voluntary one.
- Weymouth Bible

But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will.
- World English Bible

but with out thi counseil Y wolde not do ony thing, that thi good schulde not be as of nede, but wilful.
- Wycliffe Bible

and apart from thy mind I willed to do nothing, that as of necessity thy good deed may not be, but of willingness,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:14

1:14 That thy benefit might not be by constraint - For Philemon could not have refused it.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:14

Phm 1:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing. He wished, if such a service was rendered, it might be with Philemon's free consent.

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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