Philemon 1:19
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New International Version
I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back--not to mention that you owe me your very self.

New Living Translation
I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it. And I won't mention that you owe me your very soul!

English Standard Version
I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.

New American Standard Bible
I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).

King James Bible
I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it--not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self.

International Standard Version
I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. (I will not mention to you that you owe me your very life.)

NET Bible
I, Paul, have written this letter with my own hand: I will repay it. I could also mention that you owe me your very self.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I, Paul, have written with my hand; I myself will pay, without saying to you also that you owe me your soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I, Paul, promise to pay it back. I'm writing this with my own hand. I won't even mention that you owe me your life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it; albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

King James 2000 Bible
I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: nevertheless I do not say to you how you owe me even your own self besides.

American King James Version
I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to you how you owe to me even your own self besides.

American Standard Version
I Paul write it with mine own hand, I will repay it: that I say not unto thee that thou owest to me even thine own self besides.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I Paul have written it with my own hand: I will repay it: not to say to thee, that thou owest me thy own self also.

Darby Bible Translation
*I* Paul have written [it] with mine own hand; *I* will repay [it]: that I say not to thee that thou owest even thine own self also to me.

English Revised Version
I Paul write it with mine own hand, I will repay it: that I say not unto thee how that thou owest to me even thine own self besides.

Webster's Bible Translation
I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: although I do not say to thee that thou owest to me even thy own self besides.

Weymouth New Testament
I Paul write this with my own hand--I will pay you in full. (I say nothing of the fact that you owe me even your own self.)

World English Bible
I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self besides).

Young's Literal Translation
I, Paul did write with my hand, I -- I will repay; that I may not say that also thyself, besides, to me thou dost owe.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - I Paul have written - write it (Revised Version) - with my own hand, I will repay it. Thus St. Paul took upon himself legally the repayment of the debt. "Prioribus verbis proprie cautio [a bail or security] continetur: his autem constituti obligatio. Hoc Latine dicitur pecuniam constituere: de quo titulus est in Digestis Ἀναδέχεσθαι dicunt Graeci" (Scipio Gentilis). Albeit I do not say to thee, etc.; "though I do not remind thee [while so saying] that thou owest even thyself to me!" Philemon owed to the apostle that debt of which the obligation outweighed every other - the help by which he had been led out of spiritual darkness and brought to the knowledge of the truth. St. Paul was (as we must conclude from this allusion) the "spiritual father" of Philemon - a phrase he himself uses in 1 Corinthians 4:15.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I Paul have written it, with mine own hand,.... Meaning either this epistle, which being short, he used no amanuensis, but wrote it all himself, and which might be taken as an engagement to do what he promised; or else a bill, a promissory note, written with his own hand, which he sent along with Onesimus, by which he laid himself under obligation to give Philemon full satisfaction in every thing, in which he had been injured by his servant; adding,

I will repay it: this was not an ironical expression, nor a piece of vanity in the apostle; he spoke seriously, and heartily, and meant what he said; and though his circumstances were often so mean, that he was forced to work with his own hands to minister to his necessities; yet such was his interest in the churches, and such their obligation to him, on account of his personal and useful ministrations to them, that he could easily raise a sum of money among them, upon any emergent occasion; so that Philemon had a good surety and paymaster of the apostle: and this shows his great humility to be a bondsman for a servant, and to make good damages and debts brought on in a scandalous manner; as also that suretyship in some cases is lawful, though it ought to be cautiously, and for very good reasons, entered into: and this engagement of the apostle for Onesimus bears some resemblance with, and may serve to illustrate the suretyship of Christ, for his people, they, and Onesimus, being much in a like condition; as he was an unprofitable and run away servant, so they are all gone out of the way, and together become unprofitable; and Christ engaged with his Father to bring them back again, and set them before him; and by his sufferings and death has brought them nigh, which were afar off; as he had wronged his master and was indebted to him, so they have injured the law of God, affronted his justice, and incurred his displeasure; and having owed to him more than ten thousand talents, and having nothing to pay, Christ engaged to satisfy law and justice, to make reconciliation for them, and pay all their debts; all which he has accordingly done; their sins have been placed to his account, imputed to him, and charged upon him; and he has bore them, and the punishment due to them, and so has satisfied for them, and restored that which he took not away,

Albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides; having respect to his conversion, which he was the happy instrument of the apostle was his spiritual father, and he was his son, according to the common faith; he had been the instrument of saving his soul from death; he had been the means of that in the hand of God, which all his riches, and the riches of his friends and relations, could never have procured: the salvation of his soul, his better part, was instrumentally owing to him, and so his whole self; and therefore, what favour might he not ask of him? and what was it he could, or should deny him? this the apostle introduces in a very artificial manner, and does not insist upon it, but suggests, that should he forgive the injuries and debts, he had took upon him to make satisfaction for, it would not be an equivalent to the debt he owed to him. From hence may be observed, how greatly obliged regenerated persons are to those, who have been the means and instruments of their conversion.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. with mine own hand—not employing an amanuensis, as in other Epistles: a special compliment to Philemon which he ought to show his appreciation of by granting Paul's request. Contrast Col 4:18, which shows that the Epistle to the Colossian Church, accompanying this Epistle, had only its closing "salutation" written by Paul's own hand.

albeit, &c.—literally, "that I may not say … not to say," &c.

thou owest … even thine own self—not merely thy possessions. For to my instrumentality thou owest thy salvation. So the debt which "he oweth thee" being transferred upon me (I making myself responsible for it) is cancelled.

Philemon 1:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus
18But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; 19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well). 20Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.…
Cross References
Genesis 43:9
I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life.

Romans 16:22
I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 16:21
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.

2 Corinthians 9:4
For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we--not to say anything about you--would be ashamed of having been so confident.

2 Corinthians 10:1
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you--I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" toward you when away!

Galatians 5:2
Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.

Philemon 1:18
If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.
Treasury of Scripture

I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to you how you owe to me even your own self besides.

I Paul.

1 Corinthians 16:21,22 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand…

Galatians 5:2 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall …

Galatians 6:11 You see how large a letter I have written to you with my own hand.

how thou.

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

1 Corinthians 9:1,2 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ …

2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

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, …

James 5:19,20 Brothers, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him…

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