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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Philemon 1:16


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    King James Bible - Philemon 1:16

    Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

    World English Bible

    no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

    Douay-Rheims - Philemon 1:16

    Not now as a servant, but instead of a servant, a most dear brother, especially to me: but how much more to thee both in the flesh and in the Lord?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more to thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ουκετι
    3765 ως 5613 δουλον 1401 αλλ 235 υπερ 5228 δουλον 1401 αδελφον 80 αγαπητον 27 μαλιστα 3122 εμοι 1698 ποσω 4214 δε 1161 μαλλον 3123 σοι 4671 και 2532 εν 1722 σαρκι 4561 και 2532 εν 1722 κυριω 2962

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    VERSE (16) -
    Mt 23:8 Ac 9:17 Ga 4:28,29 1Ti 6:2 Heb 3:1 1Pe 1:22,23 1Jo 5:1

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 1:16

    ya no como siervo, antes ms que siervo, a saber como hermano amado, mayormente de mí, y cunto ms de ti, en la carne y en el Seor.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Philemon 1:16

    Verse 16. Not now as a
    servant?] Do not receive him merely as thy slave, nor treat him according to that condition; but as a brother - as a genuine Christian, and particularly dear to me.

    Both in the flesh and in the Lord?] There is no reason to believe that Onesimus was of the kindred of Philemon; and we must take the term flesh, here, as referring to the right which Philemon had in him. He was a part of his property and of his family; as a slave, this was his condition; but he now stood in a twofold relation to Philemon: 1. According to the flesh, as above explained, he was one of his family. 2. In the Lord; he was now also a member of the heavenly family, and of the Church at Philemon's house. Philemon's interest in him was now doubled, in consequence of his conversion to Christianity.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 16. Not now as a servant , &c.] That is, not only as a servant, for a servant he was, and was to be received as such; his call by grace had not dissolved the civil relation that was between him and his master, though it had added to it something that was above it, and greater than it: but above a servant ; in a higher condition, as the Arabic version renders it, than a servant; not barely considered in that relation, but as being in one much preferable to it: a brother beloved, specially to me ; a brother in Christ, and to be beloved on that account, as he was especially by the apostle, who had been the instrument of his conversion; (see Colossians 4:9). But how much more unto thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord? both in a natural and civil sense, as being of the same nation and country, and as being part of his family, his servant, and now become an useful and profitable one; and, in a spiritual sense, being in the Lord, belonging to the Lord Jesus, to that family which is named of him, being a fellow citizen with the saints, and of the household of God, and therefore must be doubly dear to him.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 15-22 - When we speak of the
    nature of any sin or offence against God, the evi of it is not to be lessened; but in a penitent sinner, as God cover 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 case of injury done to others. The communion of saints does not destro distinction of property. This passage is an instance of that being imputed to one, which is contracted by another; and of one becomin answerable for another, by a voluntary engagement, that he might be freed from the punishment due to his crimes, according to the doctrin 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 so 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 on another. From the world they expect trouble; they should find comfor and joy in one another. When any of our mercies are taken away, ou trust and hope must be in God. We must diligently use the means, and i no other should be at hand, abound in prayer. Yet, though praye prevails, it does not merit the things obtained. And if Christians d 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 ma encourage the vilest sinners to return to God, but it is shamefull prevented, if any are made bold thereby to persist in evil courses. Ar not many taken away in their sins, while others become more hardened Resist not present convictions, lest they return no more.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ουκετι
    3765 ως 5613 δουλον 1401 αλλ 235 υπερ 5228 δουλον 1401 αδελφον 80 αγαπητον 27 μαλιστα 3122 εμοι 1698 ποσω 4214 δε 1161 μαλλον 3123 σοι 4671 και 2532 εν 1722 σαρκι 4561 και 2532 εν 1722 κυριω 2962

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    16. Not now (ouketi). Rev., more correctly, no longer. The negative adverb oujketi
    states the fact absolutely, not as it may be conceived by Philemon (mhketi). However Philemon may regard Onesimus, as a fact he is now no longer as a slave.

    Above (uper). Rev., more than. More than a slave - a whole man. Especially (malista). Connect with beloved. Especially to me as compared with other Christians.

    How much more (posw mallon). Beloved most to Paul, how much more than most to Philemon, since he belonged to him in a double sense, as a slave and as a Christian brother: in the flesh and in the Lord. "In the flesh Paul had the brother for a slave: in the, Lord he had the slave for a brother" (Meyer).


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    1:16 {No longer as a servant} (ouketi h"s doulon). "No longer as a slave." So it has to be here. So it should be always. Paul sends Onesimus, the converted runaway slave, back to his legal master, but shows that he expects Philemon the Christian to treat Onesimus as a brother in Christ, not as a slave. {But more than a servant} (all' huper doulon). "But beyond a slave." {A brother beloved} (adelfon agapeton). A brother in Christ. {How much rather to thee} (pos"i de mallon soi). "By how much more to thee," because of Philemon's legal ownership of this now Christian slave. "In the flesh Philemon had the brother for a slave; in the Lord he had the slave for a brother" (Meyer).


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