Philemon 1:5
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New International Version
because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.

New Living Translation
because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people.

English Standard Version
because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,

New American Standard Bible
because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;

King James Bible
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because I hear of your love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints.

International Standard Version
because I keep hearing about your love for all the saints and the faith that you have in the Lord Jesus.

NET Bible
because I hear of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, from the time that I heard of your faith and love which you have toward our Lord Yeshua and toward all The Holy Ones,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I hear about your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
hearing of thy charity and faith, which thou hast in the Lord Jesus and toward all saints;

King James 2000 Bible
Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

American King James Version
Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

American Standard Version
hearing of thy love, and of the faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hearing of thy charity and faith, which thou hast in the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints:

Darby Bible Translation
hearing of thy love and the faith which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints,

English Revised Version
hearing of thy love, and of the faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all saints;

Weymouth New Testament
because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have towards the Lord Jesus and which you manifest towards all God's people;

World English Bible
hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;

Young's Literal Translation
hearing of thy love and faith that thou hast unto the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,
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 5. - Hearing of thy love, and of the faith ... saints. He would hear of these instances of Philemon's faith and love naturally through Epaphras (see on Ver. 2). Refer "faith" to "the Lord Jesus" and "love" to "all the saints" (a chiasmus, or cross-reference). Note that the phrase is πρὸς (i.e. erga, towards) τὸν Κύριον, but εἰς (i.e. upon) τοὺς ἁγίους; perhaps because Christ cannot now be reached by bodily efforts, but only aspired towards by the soul; while the poor can actually be reached and ministered unto. "Ye have the poor always with you, but me ye have not always" (Matthew 26:11). All Christians are called "saints" in the Scriptures, as Ephesians 1:1, and invariably. What a reminder to them of their "holy calling" (2 Timothy 1:9)! Meyer notes, however, that it is not uncommon with St. Paul to vary the preposition (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hearing of thy love and faith,.... Those two spring from the free favour and love of God, and are the pure gifts of his grace; and therefore thanks are to be given for them to God; nor are they to be ascribed to the power and will of man; they are the fruits of the Spirit of God; and are the principal ingredients in sanctification, which is entirely his work; and they are in all regenerate persons; and are the evidences of regeneration; by which it is known that men are passed from death to life; and they always go together, and are inseparable from each other: there cannot be true faith where love is wanting, for faith works by love; and there cannot be real love, where there is not faith; they only love the saints aright, who love them in the faith, and because of it; and these graces are visible, and to be known by their fruits, whereby they come to be heard of, and talked of, as these in Philemon were. Faith in the heart is confessed by the mouth; and love, both to Christ and to his people, shows itself, as well as faith, in works of righteousness. Sometimes faith is put before love, it being a leading grace, and the great receiver of all the blessings of grace; and here love is placed before faith, because of its being more excellent on account of its continuance and duration; or there may be no design at all in it; but rather, as sometimes one, and sometimes another is mentioned first, it shows that they are upon an equal foot, and both have their proper place and usefulness; the objects of them follow:

which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; which are either to be considered as equally objects of the same grace, or as distinct ones; that is, either that Christ is the object both of faith and love, and the saints are the object both of faith and love; or else these graces are to be distinguished by their respective objects; as that faith is toward Christ, and love toward all the saints: that Christ is both the object of faith and love is certain; nor is there any difficulty to consider him as such; faith is equally to be exercised on him, as on God the Father; and he is indeed the immediate object of faith, and by whom men believe in God; and he is to be loved, and is loved by his people above all things, and at all times, and in sincerity: and that the saints are the objects of the love of all truly gracious souls, is a plain case; but the greater difficulty is, how they should be the objects of their faith; and yet there are instances of this, Exodus 14:31 and indeed, true love believes all things, and hopes all things, 1 Corinthians 13:7. But it seems better to divide these objects according to the different graces, and to consider faith as being towards our Lord Jesus; which is a looking towards Christ, a moving towards him, a laying hold upon him, and embracing him, a staying and leaning on him, a living upon him, and walking in him; and which in Philemon might be a strong one, as well as unfeigned, and operative: and love may be considered as being toward all saints; for though all men are, in a sense, to be loved, and kindness to be shown to them, and that even to enemies, yet more especially the saints; who are set apart by God the Father, whose sins are expiated by the blood of Christ, and who are internally sanctified by the Spirit, and are enabled to live soberly and righteously: and all of these are the objects of love, whether rich or poor, greater or lesser believers, of meaner or larger abilities; for they are all equally loved by God, redeemed by Christ, and regenerated by his Spirit; are justified by his righteousness, are all the children and heirs of God, and are called in one hope of their calling; and love to them should be unfeigned, fervent, active, and laborious, and as Christ has loved us; and such was Philemon's love, as well as it was universal and this distribution of these graces to their respective objects may be confirmed from a parallel place in Colossians 1:4 which epistle was written and sent at the same time with this.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Hearing—the ground of his thanksgiving. It is a delicate mark of authenticity, that he says "hearing" as to churches and persons whom he had not seen or then visited. Now Colosse, Philemon's place of residence, he had never yet seen. Yet Phm 19 here implies that Philemon was his convert. Philemon, doubtless, was converted at Ephesus, or in some other place where he met Paul.

love and faith—The theological order is first faith then love, the fruit of faith. But he purposely puts Philemon's love in the first place, as it is to an act of love that he is exhorting him.

toward … toward—different Greek words: "towards" … "unto." Towards implies simply direction; unto, to the advantage of.

Philemon 1:5 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; 6and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.…
Cross References
Acts 20:21
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

Ephesians 1:15
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people,

Colossians 1:4
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God's people--

1 Thessalonians 3:6
But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you.
Treasury of Scripture

Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

Hearing.

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Ephesians 1:15 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love …

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

toward the Lord.

Philemon 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels …

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in …

Acts 9:39-41 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought …

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Romans 15:25,26 But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints…

1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order …

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of …

1 John 5:1,2 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

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