Philemon 1:6

“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That the communication of thy faith may become effectuall by the acknowledging of euery good thing, which is in you in Christ Iesus.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{and I pray} that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That the faith which you have in common with them may be working with power, in the knowledge of every good thing in you, for Christ.
- Basic English Bible

in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ [Jesus].
- Darby Bible

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
- Webster's Bible

praying as I do, that their participation in your faith may result in others fully recognizing all the right affection that is in us toward Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.
- World English Bible

that the comynyng of thi feith be maad opyn, in knowing of al good thing in Crist Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

that the fellowship of thy faith may become working in the full knowledge of every good thing that [is] in you toward Christ Jesus;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:6


1:6 I pray that the communication of thy faith may become effectual - That is, that thy faith may be effectually communicated to others, who see and acknowledge thy piety and charity.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:6


Phm 1:6 That the communication of thy faith. Rather, "fellowship", as in the Revised Version. The Greek word is "koinonia", and the prayer is that the fellowship of faith between Philemon and Onesimus may become effectual in showing forth forgiveness, which would of course be comprehended in "every good thing". Here, however, the statement is general.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • 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?
  • Atsu Praize for verse 6
    I acknowledge that i have ternal life in me! I john 5:13

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