Philemon 1:16

“Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not now as a seruant, but aboue a seruant, a brother beloued, specially to mee, but how much more vnto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much rather to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
- American Standard Version (1901)

No longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother, very dear to me specially, but much more to you, in the flesh as well as in the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

not any longer as a bondman, but above a bondman, a beloved brother, specially to me, and how much rather to thee, both in [the] flesh and in [the] Lord?
- Darby Bible

Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more to thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
- Webster's Bible

no longer as a slave, but as something better than a slave--a brother peculiarly dear to me, and even dearer to you, both as a servant and as a fellow Christian.
- Weymouth Bible

no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
- World English Bible

now not as a seruaunt, but for a seruaunt a most dere brother, most to me; and how myche more to thee, bothe in fleisch and in the Lord?
- Wycliffe Bible

no more as a servant, but above a servant -- a brother beloved, especially to me, and how much more to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:16


1:16 In the flesh - As a dutiful servant. In the Lord - As a fellow - Christian.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:16


Phm 1:16 Not now as a servant. His relation is changed. But above a servant, a brother. He is more than a servant, a Christian brother, "beloved, especially to me". See Phm 1:12. How much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord. He has both temporal, fleshly relations to thee (those of master and servant), and besides is your brother in Christ. Both these ties ought to bind him to you. The gospel held Christian masters responsible for both the moral and the physical welfare of their servants.

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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