PHILEMON 1:16

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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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Philemon 1:16 Translation & Meaning

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Not now οὐκέτι Not yet, no longer Not now
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
a servant, δοῦλον A slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency) servant
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
above ὑπὲρ "over", i.e., (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than above
a servant, δοῦλον A slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency) servant
a brother ἀδελφὸν A brother (literally or figuratively) near or remote (much like G0001) brother
beloved, ἀγαπητόν, Beloved beloved
specially μάλιστα (adverbially) most (in the greatest degree) or particularly specially
to me, ἐμοί, To me to me
but δὲ But, and, etc but
how much πόσῳ Interrogative pronoun (of amount) how much (large, long or (plural) many) how much
more μᾶλλόν (adverbially) more (in a greater degree)) or rather more
unto thee, σοι To thee unto thee
both καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words both
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the flesh, σαρκὶ Flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e., (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specially), a human being (as such) flesh
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the Lord? Κυρίῳ Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) Lord

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  • 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.

  • 18  If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;




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