Philemon 1:20
New International Version
I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

New Living Translation
Yes, my brother, please do me this favor for the Lord's sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ.

English Standard Version
Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

Berean Study Bible
Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
Yes, brother, may I have profit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

New American Standard Bible
Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

King James Bible
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Christian Standard Bible
Yes, brother, may I benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

Contemporary English Version
My dear friend and follower of Christ our Lord, please cheer me up by doing this for me.

Good News Translation
So, my brother, please do me this favor for the Lord's sake; as a brother in Christ, cheer me up!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, brother, may I have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

International Standard Version
Yes, brother, I desire this favor from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Messiah!

NET Bible
Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yes, my brother, I am refreshed by you in Our Lord. Satisfy my love in The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So, because we're brothers in the Lord, do something for me. Give me some comfort because of Christ.

New American Standard 1977
Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord, that thou might refresh my heart in the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my heart in the Lord.

American King James Version
Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

American Standard Version
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea, brother. May I enjoy thee in the Lord. Refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, brother, I would have profit of thee in [the] Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.

English Revised Version
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
Yes, brother, do me this favour for the Lord's sake. Refresh my heart in Christ.

World English Bible
Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
Yes, brother, may I have profit of thee in the Lord; refresh my bowels in the Lord;
Study Bible
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus
19I, Paul, write this with my own hand. I will repay it—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 21Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:18
For they refreshed my spirit and yours as well. Show your appreciation, therefore, to such men.

Philemon 1:7
I take great joy and encouragement in your love, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.

Treasury of Scripture

Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

let me.

2 Corinthians 2:2
For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

2 Corinthians 7:4-7,13
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation…

Philippians 2:2
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

refresh.

Philemon 1:7,12
For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother…

Philippians 1:8
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:1
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,







Lexicon
Yes,
Ναί (Nai)
Particle
Strong's Greek 3483: Yes, certainly, even so. A primary particle of strong affirmation; yes.

brother,
ἀδελφέ (adelphe)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

let me have some benefit
ὀναίμην (onaimēn)
Verb - Aorist Optative Middle - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3685: To profit, benefit, help; mid: I have profit, derive benefit.

from you
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] Lord.
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

Refresh
ἀνάπαυσόν (anapauson)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 373: From ana and pauo; to repose (be exempt), remain); by implication, to refresh.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

heart
σπλάγχνα (splanchna)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4698: Probably strengthened from splen; an intestine; figuratively, pity or sympathy.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Christ.
Χριστῷ (Christō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
(20) Let me have joy of thee.--Properly, may I have pleasure, or profit, from thee: a phrase used especially of the mingled pleasure and help derived from children. (See Dr. Lightfoot's Note on this passage.) The word "I" is emphatic. St. Paul puts himself forward to plead for Onesimus, what he himself could not plead. Nor can it be accidental that the word "profit" is the root of the name Onesimus. St. Paul says, in effect, "May I find thee (as I have found him) a true Onesimus."

Verse 20. - Yea, indeed, brother, let me have joy of thee. This word ὀναίμην is from the same root as the word "Onesimus," and the apostle, more suo, relaxing into his friendly familiar manner after the grave and touching language of the last few verses, plays upon the word. Let me have profit of thee - let me have Onesimus of thee. In the Lord (comp. 1 Corinthians 10:31). The phrase is twice repeated in this verse, and is very characteristic of St. Paul. But A, C, D*, F, G, I, read en Christo in the second clause. א has been altered, χω for κω, second.; "refresh my heart in Christ" (Revised Version). 1:15-22 When we speak of the nature of any sin or offence against God, the evil of it is not to be lessened; but in a penitent sinner, as God covers it, so must we. Such changed characters often become a blessing to all among whom they reside. Christianity does not do away our duties to others, but directs to the right doing of them. True penitents will be open in owning their faults, as doubtless Onesimus had been to Paul, upon his being awakened and brought to repentance; especially in cases of injury done to others. The communion of saints does not destroy distinction of property. This passage is an instance of that being imputed to one, which is contracted by another; and of one becoming answerable for another, by a voluntary engagement, that he might be freed from the punishment due to his crimes, according to the doctrine that Christ of his own will bore the punishment of our sins, that we might receive the reward of his righteousness. Philemon was Paul's son in the faith, yet he entreated him as a brother. Onesimus was a poor slave, yet Paul besought for him as if seeking some great thing for himself. Christians should do what may give joy to the hearts of one another. From the world they expect trouble; they should find comfort and joy in one another. When any of our mercies are taken away, our trust and hope must be in God. We must diligently use the means, and if no other should be at hand, abound in prayer. Yet, though prayer prevails, it does not merit the things obtained. And if Christians do not meet on earth, still the grace of the Lord Jesus will be with their spirits, and they will soon meet before the throne to join for ever in admiring the riches of redeeming love. The example of Onesimus may encourage the vilest sinners to return to God, but it is shamefully prevented, if any are made bold thereby to persist in evil courses. Are not many taken away in their sins, while others become more hardened? Resist not present convictions, lest they return no more.
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