Philemon 1:21

“Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hauing confidence in thy obedience, I wrote vnto thee, knowing that thou wilt also doe more then I say.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Having confidence in thine obedience I write unto thee, knowing that thou wilt do even beyond what I say.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Being certain that you will do my desire, I am writing to you, in the knowledge that you will do even more than I say.
- Basic English Bible

Being confident of thine obedience, I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.
- Darby Bible

Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote to thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
- Webster's Bible

I write to you in the full confidence that you will meet my wishes, for I know you will do even more than I say.
- Weymouth Bible

Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.
- World English Bible

Y tristnynge of thin obedience wroot to thee, witynge that thou schalt do ouer that that Y seie.
- Wycliffe Bible

having been confident in thy obedience I did write to thee, having known that also above what I may say thou wilt do;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:21

Phm 1:21 Having confidence . . . that thou wilt also do more than I say. This letter is written in full confidence that even more than I ask will be granted. Perhaps this is a hint that Philemon might grant Onesimus his freedom.

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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