Philemon 1:9

“Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yet for loues sake I rather beseech thee, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Iesus Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

yet for love's sake I rather appeal {to you}--since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

yet for love's sake I rather beseech, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Still, because of love, in place of an order, I make a request to you, I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner of Christ Jesus:
- Basic English Bible

for love's sake I rather exhort, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also prisoner of Jesus Christ.
- Darby Bible

Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
- Webster's Bible

it is for love's sake that--instead of that--although I am none other than Paul the aged, and am now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
- Weymouth Bible

yet for love's sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paul, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
- World English Bible

but Y biseche more for charite, sithen thou art siche as the elde Poul, and now the boundun of Jhesu Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

because of the love I rather entreat, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:9


1:9 Yet out of love I rather entreat thee - In how handsome a manner does the apostle just hint, and immediately drop, the consideration of his power to command, and tenderly entreat Philemon to hearken to his friend, his aged friend, and now prisoner for Christ! With what endearment, in the next verse, does he call Onesimus his son, before he names his name! And as soon as he had mentioned it, with what fine address does he just touch on his former faults, and instantly pass on to the happy change that was now made upon him! So disposing Philemon to attend to his request, and the motives wherewith he was going to enforce it.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:9


Phm 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech [thee]. Yet he does not come thus with commands, but as beseeching "for love's sake". Paul the aged. That his appeal may be more sure to touch Philemon, he reminds him that Paul is an old, gray-haired, scarred veteran of Christ, who has grown aged in his service, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. And is now a prisoner suffering for his Lord.

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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