Philemon 1:20
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New International Version
I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

New Living Translation
Yes, my brother, please do me this favor for the Lord's sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ.

English Standard Version
Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

New American Standard Bible
Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

King James Bible
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, brother, may I have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

International Standard Version
Yes, brother, I desire this favor from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Messiah!

NET Bible
Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yes, my brother, I am refreshed by you in Our Lord. Satisfy my love in The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So, because we're brothers in the Lord, do something for me. Give me some comfort because of Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord, that thou might refresh my heart in the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my heart in the Lord.

American King James Version
Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

American Standard Version
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea, brother. May I enjoy thee in the Lord. Refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, brother, *I* would have profit of *thee* in [the] Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.

English Revised Version
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
Yes, brother, do me this favour for the Lord's sake. Refresh my heart in Christ.

World English Bible
Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
Yes, brother, may I have profit of thee in the Lord; refresh my bowels in the Lord;
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 20. - Yea, indeed, brother, let me have joy of thee. This word ὀναίμην is from the same root as the word "Onesimus," and the apostle, more suo, relaxing into his friendly familiar manner after the grave and touching language of the last few verses, plays upon the word. Let me have profit of thee - let me have Onesimus of thee. In the Lord (comp. 1 Corinthians 10:31). The phrase is twice repeated in this verse, and is very characteristic of St. Paul. But A, C, D*, F, G, I, read en Christo in the second clause. א has been altered, χω for κω, second.; "refresh my heart in Christ" (Revised Version).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord,.... Through the apostle was his spiritual father, having been the instrument of his conversion, yet he calls him his brother, as being a partaker of the same grace, and a minister of the same Gospel; and intimates to him, that should he grant his request, and receive his servant again, it would give him great joy and pleasure, and that not of a carnal, but of a spiritual kind, even joy in the Lord; he should rejoice in the presence of the Lord, and before him, concerning him; he should rejoice in his faith in the Lord, and love for him, and obedience to him; all which would be discovered in such a conduct: the Syriac version renders it, as an assurance to himself,

I shall be refreshed by thee in our Lord; not doubting but that he would gratify him in the thing he asked of him, which would be a refreshment to him; the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "may I enjoy thee in the Lord": meaning not his company and presence, either in this world, or in the world to come; but that he might enjoy or receive the favour from him he had petitioned him for, for the Lord's sake; the Arabic version renders it, as a reason why he should do it, "I have been profitable to thee in the Lord"; confirming what he had said before, that he owed himself to him; he having been useful to him in bringing him to the knowledge of Christ, and faith in him; and the Ethiopic version refers it to a promise, "I will repay in our Lord"; in spiritual things in our Lord, if not in things temporal:

refresh my bowels in the Lord; or "in Christ"; as the Alexandrian copy, the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, read; and by his "bowels", he either means Onesimus, as in Plm 1:12 who, in a spiritual sense, came forth out of his bowels; or else himself, his soul, his spirit, his inward parts; and so the Ethiopic version renders it, "refresh my soul"; and the sense is, that he desired in the Lord, and for his sake, that he would receive Onesimus again, which would give him an inward pleasure, and refresh his spirit; and indeed he intimates, that nothing could be more cheering and reviving to him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. let me—"me" is emphatic: "Let me have profit (so Greek 'for joy,' onainen, referring to the name Onesimus, 'profitable') from thee, as thou shouldst have had from Onesimus"; for "thou owest thine ownself to me."

in the Lord—not in worldly gain, but in thine increase in the graces of the Lord's Spirit [Alford].

my bowels—my heart. Gratify my feelings by granting this request.

in the Lord—The oldest manuscripts read, "in Christ," the element or sphere in which this act of Christian love naturally ought to have place.

Philemon 1:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus
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. 21Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:18
For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.

Philemon 1:7
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people.
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