Philemon 1:7

“For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For wee haue great ioy and consolation in thy loue, because the bowels of the Saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For I had much joy and comfort in thy love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee, brother.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For I had great joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been made strong again through you, brother.
- Basic English Bible

For we have great thankfulness and encouragement through thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
- Darby Bible

For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
- Webster's Bible

For I have found great joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of God's people have been, and are, refreshed through you, my brother.
- Weymouth Bible

For we have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
- World English Bible

And Y hadde greet ioye and coumfort in thi charite, for the entrailis of hooli men restiden bi thee, brother.
- Wycliffe Bible

for we have much joy and comfort in thy love, because the bowels of the saints have been refreshed through thee, brother.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:7


1:7 The saints - To whom Philemon's house was open, #Phm 2|.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:7


Phm 1:7 We have much joy and consolation in thy love. Alluding to the time when news came to him of the state of the church at Colosse and of Philemon's active Christian life. The news was brought, no doubt, by Epaphras (Col 1:7).

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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