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

  • 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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