New American Standard Bible
whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel;
King James Bible
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
Darby Bible Translation
whom I was desirous of keeping with myself, that for thee he might minister to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;
World English Bible
whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.
Young's Literal Translation
whom I did wish to retain to myself, that in thy behalf he might minister to me in the bonds of the good news,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead - "That he might render me the service which I know you would if you were here." The Greek is: "for thee" ὑπὲρ σοῦ huper sou; that is, what he should do for Paul might be regarded as done by Philemon himself.
He might have ministered unto me - He might have rendered me assistance (διακονῇ diakonē); to wit, in such a way as one who was in bonds would need.
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,
I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart,
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