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Philemon 1:15

    Philemon 1:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him for ever;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For it is possible that for this reason he was parted from you for a time, so that you might have him for ever;

    Webster's Revision

    For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;

    World English Bible

    For perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have him forever,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;

    Clarke's Commentary on Philemon 1:15

    He - departed for a season - This is another most delicate stroke. He departed thy slave, thy unfaithful slave; he departed for a short time; but so has the mercy of God operated in his behalf, and the providence of God in thine, that he now returns, not an unfaithful slave, in whom thou couldst repose no confidence, but as a brother, a beloved brother in the Lord, to be in the same heavenly family with thee for ever. Thou hast, therefore, reason to be thankful to God that he did depart, that he might be restored to thee again infinitely better than he was when be left thee. God has permitted his unfaithfulness, and overruled the whole both to his advantage and thine. The apology for Onesimus is very similar to that made by Joseph for his brethren, Genesis 45:5.

    Barnes' Notes on Philemon 1:15

    For perhaps he therefore departed for a season - Perhaps on this account, or for this reason - διὰ τοῦτο dia touto - he left you for a little time. Greek, "for an hour" - πρὸς ὥραν pros hōran. The meaning is, that it was possible that this was permitted in the Providence of God in order that Onesimus might be brought under the influence of the gospel, and be far more serviceable to Philemon as a Christian, than he could have been in his former relation to him. What appeared to Philemon, therefore, to be a calamity, and what seemed to him to be wrong on the part of Onesimus, might have been permitted to occur in order that he might receive a higher benefit. Such things are not uncommon in human affairs.

    That thou shouldest receive him for ever - That is, in the higher relation of a Christian friend and brother; that he might be united to thee in eternal affection; that he might not only be with thee in a far more endearing relation during the present life than he was before, but in the bonds of love in a world that shall never end.

    Wesley's Notes on Philemon 1:15

    1:15 God might permit him to be separated (a soft word) for a season, that thou mightest have him for ever - Both on earth and in heaven.