Philemon 1:15
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English Standard Version
For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,

King James Bible
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

American Standard Version
For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season from thee, that thou mightest receive him again for ever:

English Revised Version
For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;

Webster's Bible Translation
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldst receive him for ever;

Weymouth New Testament
For perhaps it was for this reason he was parted from you for a time, that you might receive him back wholly and for ever yours;

Philemon 1:15 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

For perhaps

I sent him back, for, if I had kept him, I might have defeated the purpose for which he was allowed to be separated from you for a time. "We are not to be too sure of what God means by such and such a thing, as some of us are wont to be, as if we had been sworn of God's privy council.... A humble 'perhaps' often grows into a 'verily, verily' - and a hasty, over-confident 'verily, verily' often dwindles to a hesitating 'perhaps.' Let us not be in too great a hurry to make sure that we have the key of the cabinet where God keeps his purposes, but content ourselves with 'perhaps' when we are interpreting the often questionable ways of His providence, each of which has many meanings and many ends" (Maclaren).

He therefore departed (διὰ τοῦτο ἐχωρίσθη)

The A.V. misses the ingenious shading of Paul's expression. Not only does he avoid the word ran away, which might have irritated Philemon, but he also uses the passive voice, not the middle, separated himself, as an intimation that Onesimus' flight was divinely ordered for good. Hence Rev., correctly, he was parted. Compare Genesis 45:5.

For a season (πρὸς ὤραν)

A brief season. See 2 Corinthians 7:8; Galatians 2:5.

Thou shouldst receive (ἀπέχῃς)

The compounded preposition ἀπό may mean back again, after the temporary separation, or in full, wholly. The former is suggested by was parted, and would fain have kept: but the latter by Plm 1:16, no longer as a servant, but more. The latter is preferable. Compare the use of ἀπέχω in Matthew 6:2, they have received. (see note); Matthew 6:16; Luke 6:24; see on Philippians 4:18; and ἀπολαμβάνω receive, Galatians 4:5.

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Genesis 45:5-8 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here: for God did send me before you to preserve life...

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath shall you restrain.

Isaiah 20:6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation...

Acts 4:28 For to do whatever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.

Cross References
Genesis 45:5
And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Genesis 45:8
So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

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