Philemon 1:14
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English Standard Version
but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.

King James Bible
But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

American Standard Version
but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But without thy counsel I would do nothing: that thy good deed might not be as it were of necessity, but voluntary.

English Revised Version
but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will.

Webster's Bible Translation
But without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

Weymouth New Testament
Only I wished to do nothing without your consent, so that his kind action of yours might not be done under pressure, but might be a voluntary one.

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Vincent's Word Studies

I would (ἠθέλησα)

Compare I would, Plm 1:13. Here the aorist tense and the verb meaning to will denote a single, decisive resolution.

As it were of necessity (ὡς κατὰ ἀνάγκην)

Ὡς as it were, Rev., as, marks the appearance of necessity. Philemon's kindly reception of Onesimus must not even seem to be constrained.

Philemon 1:14 Parallel Commentaries

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without.

Philemon 1:8,9 Why, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin you that which is convenient...

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand.

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

thy benefit.

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me...

Psalm 110:3 Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning...

1 Corinthians 9:7,17 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? or who feeds a flock...

2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

2 Corinthians 9:5,7 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers, that they would go before to you, and make up beforehand your bounty...

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre...

Cross References
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1 Peter 5:2
shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;

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