Philemon 1:12

“Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whom I haue sent againe: thou therfore receiue him, that is mine owne bowels.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I have sent him back to you in person, that is, {sending} my very heart,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

whom I have sent back to thee in his own person, that is, my very heart:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Whom I have sent back to you, him who is my very heart:
- Basic English Bible

whom I have sent back to thee: [but do *thou* receive] him, that is, *my* bowels:
- Darby Bible

Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels:
- Webster's Bible

I am sending him back to you, though in so doing I send part of myself.
- Weymouth Bible

I am sending him back. Therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
- World English Bible

And resseyue thou hym as myn entrailis;
- Wycliffe Bible

whom I did send again, and thou him (that is, my own bowels) receive,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:12

1:12 Receive him, that is, my own bowels - Whom I love as my own soul. Such is the natural affection of a father in Christ toward his spiritual children.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:12

Phm 1:12 Whom I have sent again. Not only that he may make amends to thee for his wrong, but that thou mayst be able to treat him as a brother in Christ. Thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels. Rather, "My very heart" (Revised Version). I am so much attached to him. To be unkind to him would wound Paul's very heart.

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
  • 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."
  • 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 ........

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