Philemon 1:2

“And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And to our beloued Apphia, and Archippus our fellow Souldier, and to the Church in thy house.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy house:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to Apphia, our sister, and to Archippus, our brother in God's army, and to the church in your house:
- Basic English Bible

and to the sister Apphia and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the assembly which [is] in thine house.
- Darby Bible

And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy house:
- Webster's Bible

and to our sister Apphia and our comrade Archippus--as well as to the Church in your house.
- Weymouth Bible

to the beloved Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house:
- World English Bible

most dere sister, and to Archip, oure euene kniyt, and to the chirche that is in thin hous,
- Wycliffe Bible

and Apphia the beloved, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and the assembly in thy house:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:2

1:2 To Apphia - His wife, to whom also the business in part belonged. And the church in thy house - The Christians who meet there.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:2

Phm 1:2 [Our] beloved Apphia. Supposed to have been Philemon's wife. And Archippus. The connection has suggested that he was Philemon's son. He was no doubt a minister. See Col 4:17. The church in thy house. As the early church had no houses of worship, it met in private houses.

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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