New International Version
Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
King James Bible
Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
Darby Bible Translation
Being confident of thine obedience, I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.
World English Bible
Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.
Young's Literal Translation
having been confident in thy obedience I did write to thee, having known that also above what I may say thou wilt do;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Having confidence in thy obedience - I know that it will please thee thus to oblige thy friend, and I know that thou wilt do more than I request, because thou feelest the affection of a son to thy spiritual father. Some think that the apostle hints to Philemon that he should manumit Onesimus.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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
if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,
2 Corinthians 2:3
I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy.
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