Philemon 1:10

“I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I beseech thee for my sonne Onesimus, whome I haue begotten in my bonds,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I beseech thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,
- American Standard Version (1901)

My request is for my child Onesimus, the child of my chains,
- Basic English Bible

I exhort thee for *my* child, whom I have begotten in [my] bonds, Onesimus,
- Darby Bible

I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
- Webster's Bible

I entreat you on behalf of my own child whose father I have become while in my chains--I mean Onesimus.
- Weymouth Bible

I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,
- World English Bible

Y biseche thee for my sone Onesyme, whom Y in boondis bigat,
- Wycliffe Bible

I entreat thee concerning my child -- whom I did beget in my bonds -- Onesimus,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:10


1:10 Whom I have begotten in my bonds - The son of my age.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:10


Phm 1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus. His spiritual son, whom he has begotten in [his] bonds, while a prisoner in chains, had converted. It is possible that Epaphras met Onesimus, his fellow-townsman in Rome, and brought him to Paul.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • Ray321
    123, Philemon was the saved master of Onesimus. When Apostle Paul was in prison, he met Onesimus the slave. Onesimus got right with God and became friends in the Lord with Paul. Paul told Philemon that Onesimus is one of us and that Paul will pay his bill. How beautiful is this story. Slaves and Masters were a common thing in the Bible. Praise God for freedom from satan. God bless you ........
  • Irene123
    V.2 - Apphia and Archippus were husband and wife; just as Aquila and Pricilla were.
  • Irene123
    People on here need to read more carefully, PRAY beforehand, for Jesus' wisdom it was ONESIMUS , not Philemon, that was the slave.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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