New International Version
that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.
King James Bible
I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
Darby Bible Translation
I exhort thee for *my* child, whom I have begotten in [my] bonds, Onesimus,
World English Bible
I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,
Young's Literal Translation
I entreat thee concerning my child -- whom I did beget in my bonds -- Onesimus,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I beseech thee for my son Onesimus - It is evident from this that Onesimus was converted by St. Paul while he was prisoner at Rome, and perhaps not long before he wrote this epistle.
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LibraryThe Epistles of the Captivity.
During his confinement in Rome, from a.d. 61 to 63, while waiting the issue of his trial on the charge of being "a mover of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5), the aged apostle composed four Epistles, to the Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians. He thus turned the prison into a pulpit, sent inspiration and comfort to his distant congregations, and rendered a greater service to future ages than he could have …
Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.
1 Corinthians 4:14
I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.
1 Corinthians 4:15
Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel.
3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
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