Philemon 1:5

“Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hearing of thy loue, and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Iesus, and toward all Saints:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

hearing of thy love, and of the faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Hearing of the love and the faith which you have to the Lord Jesus and to all the saints;
- Basic English Bible

hearing of thy love and the faith which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints,
- Darby Bible

Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all saints;
- Webster's Bible

because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have towards the Lord Jesus and which you manifest towards all God's people;
- Weymouth Bible

hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;
- World English Bible

heringe thi charite and feith, that thou hast in the Lord Jhesu, and to alle hooli men,
- Wycliffe Bible

hearing of thy love and faith that thou hast unto the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:5


1:5 Hearing - Probably from Onesimus.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:5


Phm 1:5 Hearing of thy love and faith. The ground of his thankfulness is Philemon's godly life.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • 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?
  • 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

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