Philemon 1:19

“I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I Paul haue written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I doe not say to thee how thou owest vnto me, euen thine owne selfe besides:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I Paul write it with mine own hand, I will repay it: that I say not unto thee that thou owest to me even thine own self besides.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I, Paul, writing this myself, say, I will make payment to you: and I do not say to you that you are in debt to me even for your life.
- Basic English Bible

*I* Paul have written [it] with mine own hand; *I* will repay [it]: that I say not to thee that thou owest even thine own self also to me.
- Darby Bible

I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: although I do not say to thee that thou owest to me even thy own self besides.
- Webster's Bible

I Paul write this with my own hand--I will pay you in full. (I say nothing of the fact that you owe me even your own self.)
- Weymouth Bible

I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self besides).
- World English Bible

Y Poul wroot with myn hoond, Y schal yelde; that Y seie not to thee, that also thou owist to me thi silf.
- Wycliffe Bible

I, Paul did write with my hand, I -- I will repay; that I may not say that also thyself, besides, to me thou dost owe.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:19


1:19 I will repay it - If thou requirest it. Not to say, that then owest me thyself - It cannot be expressed, how great our obligation is to those who have gained our souls to Christ. Beside - Receiving Onesimus.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:19


Phm 1:19 I Paul have written [it] with mine own hand. If you hold this wrong against him, here is my written bond that I will repay it. Albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides. Here is a reminder that Philemon owed his salvation to Paul, a reminder which would certainly prevent him from putting in a claim against the apostle.

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 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...

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