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“I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:”

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Philemon 1:10 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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I beseech παρακαλῶ To call near, i.e., invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation) beseech
thee σε Thee thee
for περὶ Properly, through (all over), i.e., around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period) for
my ἐμοῦ Of me my
son τέκνου A child (as produced) son
Onesimus, Ὀνήσιμον Profitable; Onesimus, a Christian Onesimus
whom ὃν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that whom
I have begotten ἐγέννησα To procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate begotten
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
my μου, Of me my
bonds: δεσμοῖς A band, i.e., ligament (of the body) or shackle (of a prisoner); figuratively, an impediment or disability bonds

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  • 8  Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

  • 9  Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

  • 10  I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

  • 11  Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

  • 12  Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:


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