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

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Philemon 1:15 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
perhaps τάχα Shortly, i.e., (figuratively) possibly perhaps
he ἐχωρίσθη To place room between, i.e., part; reflexively, to go away he
therefore τοῦτο That thing therefore
departed ἐχωρίσθη To place room between, i.e., part; reflexively, to go away departed
for διὰ Through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional) for
a season, ὥραν An "hour" (literally or figuratively) season
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
thou shouldest receive ἀπέχῃς (actively) to have out, i.e., receive in full; (intransitively) to keep (oneself) away, i.e., be distant (literally or figuratively) shouldest receive
him αὐτὸν 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
for ever; αἰώνιον Perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well) ever

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  • 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?

  • 17  If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.


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