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 1:21

  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 21
    Onesimus, a slave, runs away according to the providence of God, so that he could meet the Apostle Paul in prison. Thus he is converted to Christ, and becomes a brother in Christ. Paul is sure now that Philemon will treat Onesimus like a brother, and do more than is required of him. This speaks of the brotherly love that Philemon has for all the saints, and we should emulate that love. God commended His love for us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Letís Love one another, just as God has loved us.

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