Philemon 1:23

“There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Iesus:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, saluteth thee;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Epaphras, my brother-prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his love;
- Basic English Bible

Epaphras salutes thee, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;
- Darby Bible

There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;
- Webster's Bible

Greetings to you, my brother, from Epaphras my fellow prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus;
- Weymouth Bible

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
- World English Bible

Epafras, prisoner with me in Crist Jhesu,
- Wycliffe Bible

Salute thee doth Epaphras, (my fellow-captive in Christ Jesus,)
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:23

Phm 1:23 There greet thee Epaphras. See PNT "Col 1:7". He probably founded the Colossian church. See also Col 4:12. My fellowprisoner. Perhaps only in the sense that he shared Paul's imprisonment by becoming his companion.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • Brenda Thompson
    I am not understanding where everybody got Onesimus as being Philemon's slave.
    Paul plainly stated that he had begotten Onesimus in his bonds. Like he had gotten some female pregnant while he was incarcerated.
    When God told Jesus He had begotten Him; there was no question as to what begotten meant.
  • 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.

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