Philemon 1:13
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English Standard Version
I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel,

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:

American Standard Version
whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered to me in the bands of the gospel:

English Revised Version
whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

Webster's Bible Translation
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel:

Weymouth New Testament
It was my wish to keep him at my side for him to attend to my wants, as your representative, during my imprisonment for the Good News.

Philemon 1:13 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

I would (ἐβουλόμην)

Rev., I would fain. See on Matthew 1:19. The imperfect tense denotes the desire awakened but arrested. See on I would, Plm 1:14.

With me (πρὸς εμαυτὸν)

The preposition expresses more than near or beside. It implies intercourse. See on with God, John 1:1.

In thy stead (ὑπὲρ σοῦ)

Rev., correctly, in thy behalf. A beautiful specimen of christian courtesy and tact; assuming that Philemon would have desired to render these services in person.

In the bonds of the Gospel

Connect with me. Bonds with which he is bound for the sake of the Gospel: with which Christ has invested him. A delicate hint at his sufferings is blended with an intimation of the authority which attaches to his appeal as a prisoner of Christ. This language of Paul is imitated by Ignatius. "My bonds exhort you" (Tralles, 12). "He (Jesus Christ) is my witness, in whom I am bound" (Philadelphia, 7). "In whom I bear about my bonds as spiritual pearls" (Ephesians, 11). "In the bonds which I bear about, I sing the praises of the churches" (Magnesians, 1).

Philemon 1:13 Parallel Commentaries

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in thy stead.

1 Corinthians 16:17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

Philippians 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was near to death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

the bonds.

Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer,

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,

Cross References
Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

Philemon 1:10
I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.

Philemon 1:12
I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.

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