Philemon 1:8

“Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore, though I might bee much bolde in Christ to enioyne thee that which is conuenient;
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you {to do} what is proper,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to enjoin thee that which is befitting,
- American Standard Version (1901)

And so, though I might, in the name of Christ, give you orders to do what is right,
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore having much boldness in Christ to enjoin thee what is fitting,
- Darby Bible

Wherefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore, though I might with Christ's authority speak very freely and order you to do what is fitting,
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to command you that which is appropriate,
- World English Bible

For which thing Y hauynge myche trist in Crist Jhesu, to comaunde to thee that that perteyneth to profit;
- Wycliffe Bible

Wherefore, having in Christ much boldness to command thee that which is fit --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:8

1:8 I might be bold in Christ - Through the authority he hath given me.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:8

Phm 1:8 Wherefore. After this introduction Paul states the purpose of the letter. Though I might be very bold in Christ. As an apostle, and as the one who gave Philemon the gospel, he had the right to enjoin thee that which is convenient. To command what is befitting.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • 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
  • Marc
    GODS QUESTIONMARK ON YOU...Phalieman 1:8-22... 1Reference: whois your reference and who take responsibility for your sins, your problems, your attitudes, Jesus, said will take responsibility- That is Christ...Just as a person will use you as a have to answer some questions about that person..maybe 2 or three...most of us use or pastor and they will ask they come to church?...are they there on time? ..Do they attend regularly?...Jesus is our reference for God... 2.Return..the return to Philemon as a different changeperson from slave to a person...Paul looked at the slave as a person and not a slave. 3. Reconciliation- Take him backas a brother to serve with you in Christ.....Paul wrote this in his own hand to teach about his personal pledge to the teach Philimon the rich man...2nd Corintians 5:19---21...The slave changed his life after he had run away and come back as Paul was his reference...

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