Philemon 1:17

“If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If thou count mee therefore a partner, receiue him as my selfe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If then you regard me a partner, accept him as {you would} me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If then thou countest me a partner, receive him as myself.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If then you take me to be your friend and brother, take him in as myself.
- Basic English Bible

If therefore thou holdest me to be a partner [with thee], receive him as me;
- Darby Bible

If thou accountest me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
- Webster's Bible

If therefore you regard me as a comrade, receive him as if he were I myself.
- Weymouth Bible

If then you count me a partner, receive him as you would receive me.
- World English Bible

Therfor if thou hast me a felowe, resseyue hym as me; for if he hath ony thing anoied thee,
- Wycliffe Bible

If, then, with me thou hast fellowship, receive him as me,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:17

1:17 If thou accountest me a partner - So that thy things are mine, and mine are thine.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:17

Phm 1:17 If thou count me therefore a partner. Christian fellow-laborers are partners. See 2Co 8:23, where Titus is named as Paul's partner. Receive him as myself. Then receive him, as you would me.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

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