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

  • 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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