Philemon 1:12
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New International Version
I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.

King James Bible
Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:

Darby Bible Translation
whom I have sent back to thee: [but do *thou* receive] him, that is, *my* bowels:

World English Bible
I am sending him back. Therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,

Young's Literal Translation
whom I did send again, and thou him (that is, my own bowels) receive,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Whom I have sent again - The Christian religion never cancels any civil relations; a slave, on being converted, and becoming a free man of Christ, has no right to claim, on that ground, emancipation from the service of his master. Justice, therefore, required St. Paul to send back Onesimus to his master, and conscience obliged Onesimus to agree in the propriety of the measure; but love to the servant induced the apostle to write this conciliating letter to the master.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 6:14,15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you...

Matthew 18:21-35 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times...

Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any...

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.


Deuteronomy 13:6 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend...

2 Samuel 16:11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeks my life...

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke against him, I do earnestly remember him still...

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran...

The Epistles of the Captivity.
During his confinement in Rome, from a.d. 61 to 63, while waiting the issue of his trial on the charge of being "a mover of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5), the aged apostle composed four Epistles, to the Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians. He thus turned the prison into a pulpit, sent inspiration and comfort to his distant congregations, and rendered a greater service to future ages than he could have
Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I

Cross References
Philemon 1:11
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

Philemon 1:13
I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel.

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