Philemon 1:21

“Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hauing confidence in thy obedience, I wrote vnto thee, knowing that thou wilt also doe more then I say.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Having confidence in thine obedience I write unto thee, knowing that thou wilt do even beyond what I say.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Being certain that you will do my desire, I am writing to you, in the knowledge that you will do even more than I say.
- Basic English Bible

Being confident of thine obedience, I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.
- Darby Bible

Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote to thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
- Webster's Bible

I write to you in the full confidence that you will meet my wishes, for I know you will do even more than I say.
- Weymouth Bible

Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.
- World English Bible

Y tristnynge of thin obedience wroot to thee, witynge that thou schalt do ouer that that Y seie.
- Wycliffe Bible

having been confident in thy obedience I did write to thee, having known that also above what I may say thou wilt do;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:21


Phm 1:21 Having confidence . . . that thou wilt also do more than I say. This letter is written in full confidence that even more than I ask will be granted. Perhaps this is a hint that Philemon might grant Onesimus his freedom.

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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