New International Version
I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
King James Bible
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
Darby Bible Translation
Yea, brother, *I* would have profit of *thee* in [the] Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.
World English Bible
Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord.
Young's Literal Translation
Yes, brother, may I have profit of thee in the Lord; refresh my bowels in the Lord;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Yea, brother - It is even so, that thou art thus indebted to me. Let me have joy of thee, in forgiving Onesimus, and receiving him into thy favor. In the words εγε σου οναιμην, which we should translate, let me have Profit of thee, there is an evident paronomasia, or play on the name of Onesimus. See on Plm 1:2((note), Plm 1:11 (note).
Refresh my bowels - Gratify the earnest longing of my soul in this. I ask neither thy money nor goods; I ask what will enrich, not impoverish, thee to give.
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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
1 Corinthians 16:18
For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people.
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