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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That the communication of thy faith may become effectuall by the acknowledging of euery good thing, which is in you in Christ Iesus.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{and I pray} that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That the faith which you have in common with them may be working with power, in the knowledge of every good thing in you, for Christ.
- Basic English Bible

in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ [Jesus].
- Darby Bible

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
- Webster's Bible

praying as I do, that their participation in your faith may result in others fully recognizing all the right affection that is in us toward Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.
- World English Bible

that the comynyng of thi feith be maad opyn, in knowing of al good thing in Crist Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

that the fellowship of thy faith may become working in the full knowledge of every good thing that [is] in you toward Christ Jesus;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:6


1:6 I pray that the communication of thy faith may become effectual - That is, that thy faith may be effectually communicated to others, who see and acknowledge thy piety and charity.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:6


Phm 1:6 That the communication of thy faith. Rather, "fellowship", as in the Revised Version. The Greek word is "koinonia", and the prayer is that the fellowship of faith between Philemon and Onesimus may become effectual in showing forth forgiveness, which would of course be comprehended in "every good thing". Here, however, the statement is general.

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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