Verse 25. "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit" - By using the plural, nmwn, your, the apostle in effect directs or addresses the epistle, not only to Philemon, but to all the Church at his house.
Amen.] Is wanting as usual in the best MSS.
The subscriptions are also various, as in preceding cases.
VERSIONS: The Epistle to Philemon was written at Rome, and sent by the hand of Onesimus. - SYRIAC.
Through the help of God the epistle is finished. It was written at Rome by the hand of Onesimus, servant to Philemon. - ARABIC.
To the man Philemon. - AETHIOPIC.
It was written at Rome, and sent by Onesimus. - COPTIC.
The Epistle to Philemon, Apphia, and Archippus: the end of the Epistle to Philemon and Apphia, the master and mistress of Onesimus; and to Archippus, the deacon of the Church at Colosse: it was written from Rome by Onesimus, a servant. - PHILOXESIAN SYRIAC.
MANUSCRIPTS: To Philemon. - To Philemon is finished. - To Philemon, written from Rome by Onesimus-Onesiphorus. - From Paul, by Onesimus, a servant.- From the presence of Paul and Timothy. - The Epistle of Paul the apostle to Philemon. - The common Greek text has, To Philemon, written from Rome by Onesimus, a servant.
As some have thought it strange that a private letter, of a particular business and friendship, should have got a place in the sacred canon, others have been industrious to find out the general uses which may be made of it.
The following are those which seem to come most naturally from the text:-
1. In a religious point of view, all genuine Christian converts are on a level; Onesimus, the slave, on his conversion becomes the