Philemon 1:14

“But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But without thy minde would I doe nothing, that thy benefite should not bee as it were of necessitie, but willingly.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But without your approval I would do nothing; so that your good works might not be forced, but done freely from your heart.
- Basic English Bible

but I have wished to do nothing without thy mind, that thy good might not be as of necessity but of willingness:
- Darby Bible

But without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
- Webster's Bible

Only I wished to do nothing without your consent, so that his kind action of yours might not be done under pressure, but might be a voluntary one.
- Weymouth Bible

But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will.
- World English Bible

but with out thi counseil Y wolde not do ony thing, that thi good schulde not be as of nede, but wilful.
- Wycliffe Bible

and apart from thy mind I willed to do nothing, that as of necessity thy good deed may not be, but of willingness,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:14


1:14 That thy benefit might not be by constraint - For Philemon could not have refused it.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:14


Phm 1:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing. He wished, if such a service was rendered, it might be with Philemon's free consent.

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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