Philemon 1:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,

New Living Translation
I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon,

English Standard Version
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,

New American Standard Bible
I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,

King James Bible
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers,

International Standard Version
I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers,

NET Bible
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I thank my God always, and I remember you in my prayers,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Philemon,] I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers because

Jubilee Bible 2000
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

King James 2000 Bible
I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,

American King James Version
I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,

American Standard Version
I thank my God always, making mention of thee in my prayers,

Douay-Rheims Bible
I give thanks to my God, always making a remembrance of thee in my prayers.

Darby Bible Translation
I thank my God, always making mention of thee at my prayers,

English Revised Version
I thank my God always, making mention of thee in my prayers,

Webster's Bible Translation
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

Weymouth New Testament
I give continual thanks to my God while making mention of you, my brother, in my prayers,

World English Bible
I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,

Young's Literal Translation
I give thanks to my God, always making mention of thee in my prayers,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-7 Faith in Christ, and love to him, should unite saints more closely than any outward relation can unite the people of the world. Paul in his private prayers was particular in remembering his friends. We must remember Christian friends much and often, as their cases may need, bearing them in our thoughts, and upon our hearts, before our God. Different sentiments and ways in what is not essential, must not make difference of affection, as to the truth. He inquired concerning his friends, as to the truth, growth, and fruitfulness of their graces, their faith in Christ, and love to him, and to all the saints. The good which Philemon did, was matter of joy and comfort to him and others, who therefore desired that he would continue and abound in good fruits, more and more, to God's honour.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - I thank my God always. We ought, therefore, to thank God, not only for gifts bestowed upon ourselves, but also for those bestowed upon others. This is an habitual phrase of St. Paul (comp. Romans 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:4; Ephesians 1:16; Philippians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:3). "It is to be noted that for the thing on account of which he gives thanks, he at the same time prays" (Calvin). For no good work is ever so complete in us that it does not need to be "continued and ended" in us by God. Making mention of thee in my prayers. The foregoing remark attain applies. Grotius observes that "we learn from this that all addresses to God may be called prayers προσευχὰς, even those in which nothing is asked but thanks are given." But this is apparently not such a case; the petition which St. Paul offered for Philemon being stated in Ver. 6. And thus Chrysostom explains the passage. "Always" may be connected with "I thank," or with "making mention," preferably the former (Chrysostom, Theophylact, Calvin, Lightfoot).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I thank my God,.... Meaning on account, of Philemon, for the grace bestowed upon him, thereafter mentioned; See Gill on Romans 1:8 making other saints, Romans 1:9, the apostle was a man much in prayer, frequent at the throne of grace; and he prayed not for himself only, but for all the saints, for all the churches and ministers of the Gospel; whom he not only bore upon his mind and heart, but made mention of them, it may be by name; however, he remembered them, and put up petitions, with thanksgivings, for them; and so he did for Philemon; and which he takes notice of with the same view as before: the word, "always", is so placed in the original text, as to be put either to his thanks to God, or his prayers, and may be true of both; the Syriac and Arabic versions join it to the former; and the Vulgate Latin and the Ethiopic versions place it to the latter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. always—joined by Alford with, "I thank my God."

Philemon 1:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Philemon's Faith and Love
4I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;…
Cross References
Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Philemon 1:5
because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your …

Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Philippians 1:3 I thank my God on every remembrance of you,

Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying …

1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

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