Philemon 1:10
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New International Version
that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.

New Living Translation
I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison.

English Standard Version
I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.

Berean Study Bible
I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whose father I became while I was in chains.

Berean Literal Bible
I exhort you for my child whom I have begotten in chains, Onesimus,

New American Standard Bible
I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,

King James Bible
I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
appeal to you for my son, Onesimus. I fathered him while I was in chains.

International Standard Version
appeal to you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment.

NET Bible
I am appealing to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I have become during my imprisonment, that is, Onesimus,

New Heart English Bible
I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I beg of you concerning my son Onesimus, whom I begot in my bondage,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
appeal to you for my child Onesimus [Useful]. I became his spiritual father here in prison.

New American Standard 1977
I appeal to you for my child, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, Onesimus,

Jubilee Bible 2000
I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds,

King James 2000 Bible
I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

American King James Version
I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

American Standard Version
I beseech thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,

Douay-Rheims Bible
I beseech thee for my son, whom I have begotten in my bands, Onesimus,

Darby Bible Translation
I exhort thee for my child, whom I have begotten in [my] bonds, Onesimus,

English Revised Version
I beseech thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,

Webster's Bible Translation
I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

Weymouth New Testament
I entreat you on behalf of my own child whose father I have become while in my chains--I mean Onesimus.

World English Bible
I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,

Young's Literal Translation
I entreat thee concerning my child -- whom I did beget in my bonds -- Onesimus,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:8-14 It does not lower any one to condescend, and sometimes even to beseech, where, in strictness of right, we might command: the apostle argues from love, rather than authority, in behalf of one converted through his means; and this was Onesimus. In allusion to that name, which signifies profitable, the apostle allows that in time past he had been unprofitable to Philemon, but hastens to mention the change by which he had become profitable. Unholy persons are unprofitable; they answer not the great end of their being. But what happy changes conversion makes! of evil, good; of unprofitable, useful. Religious servants are treasures in a family. Such will make conscience of their time and trusts, and manage all they can for the best. No prospect of usefulness should lead any to neglect their obligations, or to fail in obedience to superiors. One great evidence of true repentance consists in returning to practise the duties which have been neglected. In his unconverted state, Onesimus had withdrawn, to his master's injury; but now he had seen his sin and repented, he was willing and desirous to return to his duty. Little do men know for what purposes the Lord leaves some to change their situations, or engage in undertakings, perhaps from evil motives. Had not the Lord overruled some of our ungodly projects, we may reflect upon cases, in which our destruction must have been sure.
Study Bible
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus
9I prefer to appeal on the basis of love. For I, Paul, am now aged, and a prisoner of Christ Jesus as well. 10I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whose father I became while I was in chains. 11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.…
Cross References
Romans 12:1
Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

1 Corinthians 4:14
I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.

1 Corinthians 4:15
Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

Colossians 4:9
With him I am sending Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.

Philemon 1:11
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

Philemon 1:13
I would have liked to keep him with me, so that on your behalf he could minister to me in my chains for the gospel.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Treasury of Scripture

I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

my son.

2 Samuel 9:1-7 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, …

2 Samuel 18:5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently …

2 Samuel 19:37,38 Let your servant, I pray you, turn back again, that I may die in …

Mark 9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought …

1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

Titus 1:4 To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, …

Onesimus.

Colossians 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. …

whom.

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have …

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ …

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