Philemon 1:9

“Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yet for loues sake I rather beseech thee, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Iesus Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

yet for love's sake I rather appeal {to you}--since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

yet for love's sake I rather beseech, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Still, because of love, in place of an order, I make a request to you, I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner of Christ Jesus:
- Basic English Bible

for love's sake I rather exhort, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also prisoner of Jesus Christ.
- Darby Bible

Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
- Webster's Bible

it is for love's sake that--instead of that--although I am none other than Paul the aged, and am now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
- Weymouth Bible

yet for love's sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paul, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
- World English Bible

but Y biseche more for charite, sithen thou art siche as the elde Poul, and now the boundun of Jhesu Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

because of the love I rather entreat, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:9


1:9 Yet out of love I rather entreat thee - In how handsome a manner does the apostle just hint, and immediately drop, the consideration of his power to command, and tenderly entreat Philemon to hearken to his friend, his aged friend, and now prisoner for Christ! With what endearment, in the next verse, does he call Onesimus his son, before he names his name! And as soon as he had mentioned it, with what fine address does he just touch on his former faults, and instantly pass on to the happy change that was now made upon him! So disposing Philemon to attend to his request, and the motives wherewith he was going to enforce it.


People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:9


Phm 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech [thee]. Yet he does not come thus with commands, but as beseeching "for love's sake". Paul the aged. That his appeal may be more sure to touch Philemon, he reminds him that Paul is an old, gray-haired, scarred veteran of Christ, who has grown aged in his service, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. And is now a prisoner suffering for his Lord.

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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