Philemon 1:15

“For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For perhaps hee therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receiue him for euer:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For perhaps he was for this reason separated {from you} for a while, that you would have him back forever,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For perhaps he was therefore parted `from thee' for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;
- American Standard Version (1901)

For it is possible that for this reason he was parted from you for a time, so that you might have him for ever;
- Basic English Bible

for perhaps for this reason he has been separated [from thee] for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;
- Darby Bible

For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldst receive him for ever;
- Webster's Bible

For perhaps it was for this reason he was parted from you for a time, that you might receive him back wholly and for ever yours;
- Weymouth Bible

For perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have him forever,
- World English Bible

For perauenture therfor he departide fro thee for a tyme, that thou schuldist resseyue hym with outen ende;
- Wycliffe Bible

for perhaps because of this he did depart for an hour, that age-duringly thou mayest have him,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:15

1:15 God might permit him to be separated (a soft word) for a season, that thou mightest have him for ever - Both on earth and in heaven.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:15

Phm 1:15 Perhaps he therefore departed for a season. Perhaps his departure was providential, That thou shouldest receive him for ever. To lead to his conversion, to give you a faithful helper, and to save him forever.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • 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?
  • 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 have to answer some questions about that person..maybe 2 or three...most of us use or pastor and they will ask 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 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...

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