Philemon 1:17
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New International Version
So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

New Living Translation
So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

English Standard Version
So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.

Berean Study Bible
So if you consider me a partner, receive him as you would receive me.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore, if you consider me a partner, receive him as me.

New American Standard Bible
If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me.

King James Bible
If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So if you consider me a partner, accept him as you would me.

International Standard Version
So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

NET Bible
Therefore if you regard me as a partner, accept him as you would me.

New Heart English Bible
If then you count me a partner, receive him as you would receive me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If, therefore, you are my partner, receive him as mine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you think of me as your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

New American Standard 1977
If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

King James 2000 Bible
If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

American King James Version
If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

American Standard Version
If then thou countest me a partner, receive him as myself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If therefore thou count me a partner, receive him as myself.

Darby Bible Translation
If therefore thou holdest me to be a partner [with thee], receive him as me;

English Revised Version
If then thou countest me a partner, receive him as myself.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou accountest me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

Weymouth New Testament
If therefore you regard me as a comrade, receive him as if he were I myself.

World English Bible
If then you count me a partner, receive him as you would receive me.

Young's Literal Translation
If, then, with me thou hast fellowship, receive him as me,
Study Bible
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus
16no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a beloved brother. He is especially beloved to me, but even more so to you, both in person and in the Lord. 17So if you consider me a partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to my account.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 8:23
As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you. As for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches to the glory of Christ.

Philemon 1:18
But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to my account.
Treasury of Scripture

If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

thou count.

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

2 Corinthians 8:23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper …

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and …

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, …

Hebrews 3:1,14 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and …

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also …

receive.

Philemon 1:10,12 I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds…

Matthew 10:40 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives …

Matthew 12:48-50 But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my mother? …

Matthew 18:5 And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

(17) A partner.--The title is peculiar. In the singular number (in which it is naturally more distinctive) and in absolute use, unconnected with explanatory words (such as we read in 1Peter 5:1), it is nowhere else found, except in 2Corinthians 8:23, where Titus is called St. Paul's "partner and fellow helper;" and even there the context defines the partnership as relating to the collection and ministration of alms. Here it can hardly refer to general Christian fellowship, which would require some such words as "in Christ," or "in the Spirit," and would not fully justify the strong personal appeal of the passage. It must indicate some peculiar bond of fellowship between St. Paul and Philemon. Philemon was his convert (see Philemon 1:19); yet we notice that he writes to him not as a son, but as a brother. Evidently he was a leader in the Church at Coloss. Tradition, as usual, makes him its bishop. He must have been St. Paul's partner in some common work or special communion of familiarity. (See Introduction, sect. 2.)

Verse 17. - If thou count me therefore a partner; if thou holdest me for a friend - by our friendship entreat this. The strongest form of entreaty possible to be used. Κοινωνία in Acts 2:42 refers to the Holy Communion, and in 1 Corinthians 10:16-21 partakers of it are plainly called by implication κοινωνοὶ ( παρτακερσ, or, as we should say, "communicants." But here the sense is apparently as above; literally, a partner. If thou count me therefore a partner,.... A companion and friend, who reckon each other's affairs and interest their own: the word answers to a word often used in Talmudic writings, for an associate of the doctors or wise men: here it may mean also a partner both in grace, and in the ministry; one that shared in the same gifts and graces of the Spirit of God, and one that was to be a partaker of the inheritance with the saints in light: now if Philemon reckoned the apostle such an one, as he doubtless did, as being engaged in the same common cause, and a partaker of the same common faith, and interested in the same common salvation; then he entreats him on account of Onesimus, in the following manner,

receive him as myself; intimating, that he was as dear to him as himself; that he loved him as his own soul; and that he should take whatever respect and affection were shown to him as done to himself; and that he would have him receive him into his house, his heart and affections, as he would receive him the apostle himself, should he come to him. 17. a partner—in the Christian fellowship of faith, hope, and love.

receive him as myself—resuming "receive him that is mine own bowels."1:15-22 When we speak of the nature of any sin or offence against God, the evil of it is not to be lessened; but in a penitent sinner, as God covers it, so must we. Such changed characters often become a blessing to all among whom they reside. Christianity does not do away our duties to others, but directs to the right doing of them. True penitents will be open in owning their faults, as doubtless Onesimus had been to Paul, upon his being awakened and brought to repentance; especially in cases of injury done to others. The communion of saints does not destroy distinction of property. This passage is an instance of that being imputed to one, which is contracted by another; and of one becoming answerable for another, by a voluntary engagement, that he might be freed from the punishment due to his crimes, according to the doctrine that Christ of his own will bore the punishment of our sins, that we might receive the reward of his righteousness. Philemon was Paul's son in the faith, yet he entreated him as a brother. Onesimus was a poor slave, yet Paul besought for him as if seeking some great thing for himself. Christians should do what may give joy to the hearts of one another. From the world they expect trouble; they should find comfort and joy in one another. When any of our mercies are taken away, our trust and hope must be in God. We must diligently use the means, and if no other should be at hand, abound in prayer. Yet, though prayer prevails, it does not merit the things obtained. And if Christians do not meet on earth, still the grace of the Lord Jesus will be with their spirits, and they will soon meet before the throne to join for ever in admiring the riches of redeeming love. The example of Onesimus may encourage the vilest sinners to return to God, but it is shamefully prevented, if any are made bold thereby to persist in evil courses. Are not many taken away in their sins, while others become more hardened? Resist not present convictions, lest they return no more.
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