PHILEMON 1:14

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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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Philemon 1:14 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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But δὲ But, and, etc But
without χωρὶς At a space, i.e., separately or apart from (often as preposition) without
thy σῆς Thine thy
mind γνώμης Cognition, i.e., (subjectively) opinion, or (objectively) resolve (counsel, consent, etc.) mind
would I ἠθέλησα To determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e., be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in would
do ποιῆσαι To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
nothing; οὐδὲν Not even one (man, woman or thing), i.e., none, nobody, nothing nothing
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
benefit ἀγαθόν "good" (in any sense, often as noun) benefit
should (may, might, can, could, would, should, must, etc.; also with G1487 and its comparative, as well as with other particles) be should
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
be (may, might, can, could, would, should, must, etc.; also with G1487 and its comparative, as well as with other particles) be be
as it were ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as it were
of κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) of
necessity, ἀνάγκην Constraint (literally or figuratively); by implication, distress necessity
but ἀλλὰ Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
willingly. κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) willingly

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  • 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.

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

  • 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?




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