Philemon 1:13
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New International Version
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.

King James Bible
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

Darby Bible Translation
whom *I* was desirous of keeping with myself, that for thee he might minister to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;

World English Bible
whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.

Young's Literal Translation
whom I did wish to retain to myself, that in thy behalf he might minister to me in the bonds of the good news,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That in thy stead he might have ministered unto me - As Philemon was one of Paul's converts, he became thereby his spiritual father, and had a right to his services when in need. This was a strong argument, not only to induce Philemon to forgive his servant, but to send him back to the apostle, that he might minister to him in his master's stead.

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in thy stead.

1 Corinthians 16:17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

Philippians 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was near to death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

the bonds.

Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer,

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,

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The 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

Cross References
Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.

Philemon 1:10
that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.

Philemon 1:12
I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.

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