New Living Translation
It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever.
King James Bible
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
Darby Bible Translation
for perhaps for this reason he has been separated from thee for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;
World English Bible
For perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have him forever,
Young's Literal Translation
for perhaps because of this he did depart for an hour, that age-duringly thou mayest have him,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:15 God might permit him to be separated (a soft word) for a season, that thou mightest have him for ever - Both on earth and in heaven.
But don't be upset, and don't be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.
So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh--the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
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