New Living Translation
I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:12 Receive him, that is, my own bowels - Whom I love as my own soul. Such is the natural affection of a father in Christ toward his spiritual children.
Onesimus hasn't been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us.
I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf.
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