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

  • Jellyfish58
    Paul is always going for the greater good,
  • Jellyfish58
    I think it is interesting the boldness of Paul. vs 19: "I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides." On one hand he is saying he will repay Onesimus debt, yet he reminds Philemon, you owe me.
  • Steve morrow
    PHILEMON 1:6 THAT THE COMMUNICATION OF THY FAITH MAY BECOME EFFECTUAL BY THE ACKNOWLEDGING OF EVERY GOOD THING WHICH IS IN YOU IN CHRIST JESUS
  • Ray321
    Genesis 6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. . Gal 5:17
  • A disciple
    Hi Denise; the words Paul uses are spiritual; like when he told the Corinthians, "I have begotten you..." He was NOT speaking carnally, but spiritually; just as the Apostles and Saints from earlier times are called The Church Fathers. The human is but the vessel through which the Spirit does the thing in spirit. Look at 1 Peter 1:3. The term "Born Again" is more accurately - "Born From Above."
  • Denise
    Yes Onesimus was the son of Paul.He explained that he begot him of his own bowels that meant Paul's body and it happened when he was in bonds.Paul was in prison when he and a woman made Onesimus.He never mentioned the woman but we all know how babies are made.Man and Woman Jesus is the Son Of God.And Also There Is God The Father Jesus Christ The Son And The Holy Ghost.3 in one.

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