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

  • 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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