New Living Translation
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.
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,
Philemon 1:13 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:13 To serve me in thy stead - To do those services for me which thou, if present, wouldest gladly have done thyself.
So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.
I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison.
I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.
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