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

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Philemon 1:12 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Whom ὃν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that Whom
I have sent again: ἀνέπεμψα· To send up or back sent again
thou σὺ Thou thou
therefore δὲ But, and, etc therefore
receive πρὸσλαβοῦ· To take to oneself, i.e., use (food), lead (aside), admit (to friendship or hospitality) receive
him, αὐτόν, The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons him
that τοῦτ' That thing that
is, ἔστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
mine own ἐμὰ My own
bowels: σπλάγχνα· An intestine (plural); figuratively, pity or sympathy bowels

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  • 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:

  • 13  Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

  • 14  But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.


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