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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CommentaryClarke'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
LibraryThe 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
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
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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