Philemon 1:20

“Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yea, brother, let mee haue ioy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowles in the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: give new life to my heart in Christ.
- Basic English Bible

Yea, brother, *I* would have profit of *thee* in [the] Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.
- Darby Bible

Yes, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

Yes, brother, do me this favour for the Lord's sake. Refresh my heart in Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord.
- World English Bible

So, brothir, Y schal vse thee in the Lord; fille thou myn entrails in Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

Yes, brother, may I have profit of thee in the Lord; refresh my bowels in the Lord;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:20

1:20 Refresh my bowels in Christ - Give me the most exquisite and Christian pleasure.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:20

Phm 1:20 Let me have joy of thee in the Lord. By learning that you have cheerfully granted all I ask in this letter.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • 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.
  • Steve Harmon
    Ann Braun Paul is saying he is his Spiritual father, he led him to the Lord. In bonds means he led him to the Lord while he was in prison. He also calls Timothy his son which we know he was a teen when Paul met him. Paul helped teach him in the things of God.

  • 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.
  • Joe
    Anne - What I understand is that Onesimus was a slave who belonged to Philemon and that Philemon was a believer who loved both God and the saints. At some point Onesimus ran away to Rome, heard the word of God, and became a believer. Paul calls Onesimus his son because of their common bond, Jesus Christ.
  • Anne Braun
    You all have confused me in interpreting words that Paul did not say. Paul refers to Onesimus as his son. There is no mistaking this: 10 "I beseech thee for my son Onesimus whom I have begotten in my bonds." 12 "....that is, mine own bowels." Nowhere am I reading in this chapter that Onesimus was Paul's slave, but was his SON. Acting as ones servant is entirely different. It sounds to me as if Paul begot a son while he was in bondage, this son at some point ran away, or left the fold so to speak, now he has returned a changed person and Paul is asking now that he is aged, elderly , that Onesimus be received as if he were Paul himself. How are you all interpreting the situation to be different other than what Paul said? Explain?

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