Philemon 1:23

“There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Iesus:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, saluteth thee;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Epaphras, my brother-prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his love;
- Basic English Bible

Epaphras salutes thee, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;
- Darby Bible

There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;
- Webster's Bible

Greetings to you, my brother, from Epaphras my fellow prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus;
- Weymouth Bible

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
- World English Bible

Epafras, prisoner with me in Crist Jhesu,
- Wycliffe Bible

Salute thee doth Epaphras, (my fellow-captive in Christ Jesus,)
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:23

Phm 1:23 There greet thee Epaphras. See PNT "Col 1:7". He probably founded the Colossian church. See also Col 4:12. My fellowprisoner. Perhaps only in the sense that he shared Paul's imprisonment by becoming his companion.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • 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.
  • 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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