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

  • 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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