Philemon 1:23
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English Standard Version
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,

King James Bible
There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus;

English Revised Version
Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, saluteth thee;

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

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

Philemon 1:23 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Epaphras my fellow prisoner (Ἑπαφρᾶς ὁ συναιχμάλωτός μου).

Epaphras is mentioned Colossians 1:7; Colossians 4:12. Some identify him with Epaphroditus, but without sufficient reason. Epaphroditus appears to have been a native of Philippi (Philippians 2:25), and Epaphras of Colossae (Colossians 4:12). Epaphroditus is always used of the Philippian, and Epaphras of the Colossian. The names, however, are the same, Epaphras being a contraction.

It is disputed whether fellow-prisoner is to be taken in a literal or in a spiritual sense. For the latter see Romans 7:23; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 4:8. Compare fellow-soldier, Plm 1:2, and Philippians 2:25. In Romans 16:7, the word used here is applied to Andronicus and Junia. Paul was not strictly an αἰχμάλωτος prisoner of war (see on Luke 4:18). The probabilities seem to favor the spiritual sense. Lightfoot suggests that Epaphras' relations with Paul at Rome may have excited suspicion and led to his temporally confinement; or that he may voluntarily have shared Paul's imprisonment.

Philemon 1:23 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Epaphras.

Colossians 1:7 As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers...

my fellow-prisoner.

Romans 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles...

Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner salutes you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom you received commandments...

Cross References
Romans 16:7
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.

Colossians 1:7
just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf

Colossians 4:10
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions--if he comes to you, welcome him),

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

Philemon 1:1
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker

Philemon 1:9
yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you--I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus--

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