Philemon 1:13

“Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whome I would haue reteined with mee, that in thy stead hee might haue ministred vnto me in the bonds of the Gospel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Though my desire was to keep him with me, to be my servant in the chains of the good news, in your place:
- Basic English Bible

whom *I* was desirous of keeping with myself, that for thee he might minister to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;
- Darby Bible

Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel:
- Webster's Bible

It was my wish to keep him at my side for him to attend to my wants, as your representative, during my imprisonment for the Good News.
- Weymouth Bible

whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.
- World English Bible

whom Y wolde withholde with me, that he schulde serue for thee to me in boondis of the gospel;
- Wycliffe Bible

whom I did wish to retain to myself, that in thy behalf he might minister to me in the bonds of the good news,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:13


1:13 To serve me in thy stead - To do those services for me which thou, if present, wouldest gladly have done thyself.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:13


Phm 1:13 Whom I would have retained with me. Would gladly have kept him with me to render for thee the service you would be glad to give me while I am in chains.

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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