Philemon 1:15

“For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For perhaps hee therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receiue him for euer:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For perhaps he was for this reason separated {from you} for a while, that you would have him back forever,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For perhaps he was therefore parted `from thee' for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;
- American Standard Version (1901)

For it is possible that for this reason he was parted from you for a time, so that you might have him for ever;
- Basic English Bible

for perhaps for this reason he has been separated [from thee] for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;
- Darby Bible

For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldst receive him for ever;
- Webster's Bible

For perhaps it was for this reason he was parted from you for a time, that you might receive him back wholly and for ever yours;
- Weymouth Bible

For perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have him forever,
- World English Bible

For perauenture therfor he departide fro thee for a tyme, that thou schuldist resseyue hym with outen ende;
- Wycliffe Bible

for perhaps because of this he did depart for an hour, that age-duringly thou mayest have him,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:15


1:15 God might permit him to be separated (a soft word) for a season, that thou mightest have him for ever - Both on earth and in heaven.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:15


Phm 1:15 Perhaps he therefore departed for a season. Perhaps his departure was providential, That thou shouldest receive him for ever. To lead to his conversion, to give you a faithful helper, and to save him forever.

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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