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

  • Renee Allen
    Onesimus was Philemon's slave who had run away. Philemon 1:10-14. If you're not sure of the meaning ask GOD to give you wisdom knowledge and understanding of His word! He will. We receive not because we ask not! Have a blessed day! GODS CHILD.
  • 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.

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