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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Philemon 1



Verse 1

prisoner. Compare Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 4:1. 2 Timothy 1:8.

Jesus Christ = Christ Jesus. App-98.

our = the.

unto = to.

dearly beloved. Greek. agapetos. App-130.

fellowlabourer. Greek. sunergos. See 1 Corinthians 3:9.

Verse 2

beloved. The texts read "sister".

Apphia. Tradition says she was the wife of Philemon.

Archippus. See Colossians 4:11.

fellowsoldier. Only here and Philippians 1:2, Philippians 1:25, which see.

church. App-186.

in. Greek. kata. App-104.

Verse 3

Grace. Greek. charis. App-184.

from. App-104. God. App-98.

Father. App-98.

Lord. App-98.

Jesus Christ. App-98.

Verse 4

thank. Greek. eucharisteo. See Acts 27:35.

mention. Greek. mneia. See Romans 1:9. Ephesians 1:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:2.

always. App-161.

in. Greek. epi. App-104.

prayers. Greek. proseuche. App-134.

Verse 5

love = the love. App-135.

faith = the faith. App-150.

toward. Greek. pros. App-104.

Lord. App-98.

Jesus. App-98.

toward. Greek. eis, App-104.

saints = the saints. See Acts 9:13.

Verse 6

That. Supply the ellipsis by "(Praying) that".

communication = fellowship. Greek. koinonia, See Acts 2:42.

effectual. Greek. energes. See 1 Corinthians 16:9. Elsewhere, Hebrews 4:12. See App-172.

by. App-104.

acknowledging. App-132.

in. App-104.

you. The texts read "us".

in. Greek. eis. App-104.

Christ. App-98.X.

Jesus. The texts omit.

Verse 7

we have. The texts read "I had".

consolation. See Acts 4:36.

in. App-104.

bowels. See 2 Corinthians 6:12,

are = have been.

refreshed. See 1 Corinthians 16:18.

by. App-104. Philemon 1:1.

Verse 8

though . . . bold. Literally having much boldness (Greek. parrhesia, freedom of speech). Compare Acts 2:29.

enjoin = command. Greek. epitasso

convenient. Greek. aneko. See Ephesians 5:4.

Verse 9

Yet. Omit.

for. sake. App-104.

beseech. App-134. Compare Philemon 1:7.

aged. Greek. presbutes. See Titus 2:2. Elsewhere, Luke 1:18.

also, &c. = a prisoner also.

Verse 10

for. App-104.

son. App-108.

have begotten = begat. Compare Philippians 1:1, Philippians 1:12, Philippians 1:13.

Verse 11

unprofitable = not useful. Greek. achrestos. Only here. Figure of speech Meiosis. App-6.

profitable. Greek. euchrestos. See 2 Timothy 2:21.

Verse 12

have. Omit,

sent again = sent back. App-174.

thou therefore receive. The texts omit, and read "sent again to thee",

mine own bowels = as mine own self. Figure of speech Synecdoche. App-6.

Verse 13

would, &c. = was minded (App-102.) to retain.

with. App-104. xv B.

that = in order

that. Greek. hina.

in . . . stead. App-104.

might have, &c. = may minister. App-190.

gospel. See App-140.

Verse 14

without = apart from, Greek. choris.

mind. App-177.

would. Literally was wilting to. App-102.

nothing. Greek. ouden.

thy benefit. Literally the good thing of thee.

not. App-106. IL

it were. Omit.

of. App-104.

willingly = according to (App-104.)

free-will. Greek. hekousios. Only here. The adverb in Hebrews 10:26. 1 Peter 6:2.

Verse 15

perhaps. Greek. tacha. Only here and Romans 5:7.

therefore = because of (App-104. Philemon 1:2) this.

departed = was separated. Greek. chorizo. First occurance: Matthew 19:6.

for, App-104.

season. Literally hour. Greek. hora,

receive. Greek. apecho. See Matthew 6:2.

for ever. App-181.

Verse 16

Not now = No longer. Greek. ouketi.

servant. App-190.

above. App-101.

Verse 17

If. App-118.

count. Literally have. Greek. echo.

partner = partaker. Greek. Koinonos. See 1 Corinthians 10:18.

receive. Greek. proslambano. "You have received me; receite him in addition, as myself. "Compare Romans 15:7.

Verse 18

hath. Omit.

put . . . on . . . account. Greek. ellogeo. Only here and Romans 5:13 (imputed).

Verse 19

have written = wrote.

repay. Greek. apotino. Only here.

albeit = that. Greek. hina.

how = that.

owest . . . besides. Greek. prosopheilo. Only here.

Verse 20

let me have joy = may I profit Greek. oninemi, the root-word from which comes onesimos "Let me have profit from thee. seeing I em sending back Onesimus (profitable) to thee. "

the Lord. The texts read "Christ". App-98.

Verse 21

Having confidence. App-150.

knowing. App-192.

also do more = do more also.

more than = above (App-104.) that which.

Verse 22

withal. Greek. hama. See Colossians 4:3. 2 Timothy 5:13.

me also = also for me,

lodging. Greek. xenia. Only here and Acts 28:33.

trust = hope. Greek. elpizo.

through. App-104. Philemon 1:1.

given = granted as a favour. Greek. chariaomai. App-184.

Verse 23

salute = greet. Greek. aspocamai. Compare Colossians 4:12.

Epaphras. See Colossians 1:7.

fellowprisoner. Greek. sunaichmalitos. See Romans 16:7.

Christ Jesus. App-98.

Verse 24

Marcus. See Acts 12:12, Acts 12:25; Acts 15:37, Acts 15:39. Colossians 4:10. 2 Timothy 4:11; 1 Peter 5:13.

Aristarchus. See Acts 19:29; Acts 20:4; Acts 27:2. Colossians 4:10.

Demas. See Colossians 4:14. 2 Timothy 4:10.

Lucas. See Colossians 4:14. 2 Timothy 4:11; also Introduction Notes to Luke"s Gospel, especially the foot-note.

Verse 25

The grace, &c. Paul"s constant benediction.

with. App-104.

spirit. App-101.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Philemon 1:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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