Philemon 1:6
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New International Version
I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.

New Living Translation
And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.

English Standard Version
and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

New American Standard Bible
and 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.

King James Bible
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.

International Standard Version
I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every blessing that is ours in the Messiah.

NET Bible
I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That the sharing of your faith would produce fruit in works and in the knowledge of every good thing which you have in Yeshua The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As you share the faith you have in common with others, I pray that you may come to have a complete knowledge of every blessing we have in Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the communication of thy faith may become effectual for the knowledge of all the good that is in you by Christ Jesus.

King James 2000 Bible
That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

American King James Version
That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

American Standard Version
that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That the communication of thy faith may be made evident in the acknowledgment of every good work, that is in you in Christ Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ [Jesus].

English Revised Version
that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
praying as I do, that their participation in your faith may result in others fully recognizing all the right affection that is in us toward Christ.

World English Bible
that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
that the fellowship of thy faith may become working in the full knowledge of every good thing that is in you toward Christ Jesus;
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 6. - Render thus: So that the community of thy faith [with other Christians, whom you may be able to serve] may show itself in act, causing full acknowledgment [from the world without] of every good work for Jesus Christ that is in you (Revised Version is not clear here); literally, may become working. Not a theoretical or merely quiescent faith. He was to confess Christ before men (and see James 2:22). "For whatever good thing is in us makes manifest our faith" (Calvin). In you. Bishop Wordsworth reads ἡμῖν, "us" - the body of Christians, following A, C, D, E, K, L, with many Fathers and versions.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That the communication of thy faith,.... The grace of faith itself cannot be communicated from one to another; a believing parent cannot communicate it to his children, nor a master to his servants, nor a minister to his hearers; but an account of it, of its actings and exercises, of the joy of it, and of the peace a soul is filled with through believing, may be given to the mutual comfort and edification of saints; and it may be shown forth to others by the fruits of it, works of righteousness: but here it seems to design acts of beneficence, communicating to the necessities of others, as flowing from faith; and these words are to be connected with Plm 1:4 as a part of the apostle's prayers, as what is contained in the preceding verse is the matter of his thanksgiving. And his prayer is, that such a communication of good things, which springs from faith,

may be effectual; to answer some very good purposes, the good of others, and the service of the interest of Christ, and the glory of God; or, as the Vulgate Latin version reads, only by the change of one letter, that it "may be evident"; to which the Syriac version seems to incline, rendering it, that it "may be fruitful in works"; or show itself in fruits of righteousness, in works of mercy and kindness; and the apostle's sense is, that it might be more and more so:

by the acknowledging of every good thing that is in you in Christ Jesus; the meaning is, that every good thing that is in the saints, or among them, should be acknowledged to come to them in and through Christ Jesus, in whom all fulness of grace dwells, and from whom all is imparted; and that every good thing that is communicated, or done in faith, which is effectual to any good purpose, should be owned as done by the grace and strength of Christ, and be done to his saints, as if done to himself, and be directed to his glory: the phrase, "in you", respects not Philemon only, but Apphia, Archippus, and the church in Philemon's house; the Arabic version reads, in us.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. That—The aim of my thanksgiving and prayers for thee is, in order that the, &c.

the communication of thy faith—the imparting of it and its fruits (namely, acts of love and beneficence: as Heb 13:16, "to communicate," that is, to impart a share) to others; or, the liberality to others flowing from thy faith (so the Greek is translated, "liberal distribution," 2Co 9:13).

effectual by—Greek, "in"; the element in which his liberality had place, that is, may be proved by acts in, &c.

acknowledging—Greek, "the thorough knowledge," that is, the experimental or practical recognition.

of every good thing which is in you—The oldest manuscripts read, "which is in US," that is, the practical recognition of every grace which is in us Christians, in so far as we realize the Christian character. In short, that thy faith may by acts be proved to be "a faith which worketh by love."

in Christ Jesus—rather as Greek, "unto Christ Jesus," that is, to the glory of Christ Jesus. Two of the oldest manuscripts omit "Jesus." This verse answers to Phm 5, "thy love and faith toward all saints"; Paul never ceases to mention him in his prayers, in order that his faith may still further show its power in his relation to others, by exhibiting every grace which is in Christians to the glory of Christ. Thus he paves the way for the request in behalf of Onesimus.

Philemon 1:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Philemon's Faith and Love
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. 7For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:9
because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

Philippians 1:9
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Treasury of Scripture

That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

the communication.

2 Corinthians 9:12-14 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want …

Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

Titus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

James 2:14,17 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

the acknowledging.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, …

1 Corinthians 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

1 Peter 1:5-8 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:1,16 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

in you.

2 Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound…

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