Philemon 1:8
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English Standard Version
Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required,

King James Bible
Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

American Standard Version
Wherefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to enjoin thee that which is befitting,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore though I have much confidence in Christ Jesus, to command thee that which is to the purpose:

English Revised Version
Wherefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to enjoin thee that which is befitting,

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore, though I might with Christ's authority speak very freely and order you to do what is fitting,

Philemon 1:8 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Wherefore

Seeing that I have these proofs of thy love. Connect with I rather beseech (Plm 1:9).

I might be much bold (πολλὴν παῤῥησίαν ἔχων)

Better, as Rev., I have all boldness. Παῤῥησία boldness is opposed to fear, John 7:13; to ambiguity or reserve, John 11:14. The idea of publicity may attach to it as subsidiary, John 7:4.

In Christ

As holding apostolic authority from Christ.

That which is convenient (τὸ ἀνῆκον)

Rev., befitting. Convenient is used in A.V., in the earlier and stricter sense of suitable. Compare Ephesians 5:4. Thus Latimer: "Works which are good and convenient to be done." Applied to persons, as Hooper: "Apt and convenient persons." The modern sense merges the idea of essential fitness. The verb ἀνήκω originally means to come up to; hence of that which comes up to the mark; fitting. Compare Colossians 3:18; Ephesians 5:4. It conveys here a delicate hint that the kindly reception of Onesimus will be a becoming thing.

Philemon 1:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

bold.

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

2 Corinthians 10:1,2 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you...

2 Corinthians 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. However, when ever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.

1 Thessalonians 2:2,6 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as you know, at Philippi...

enjoin.

2 Corinthians 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord has given us for edification, and not for your destruction...

Cross References
2 Corinthians 3:12
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,

Ephesians 5:4
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

1 Thessalonians 2:6
Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.

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