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

  • 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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