Philemon 1

1 Paul rejoices to hear of the faith and love of Philemon, whom he desires to forgive his servant Onesimus, and lovingly to receive him again.

A. D. 64. A. M. 4068.

a prisoner.

9; Eph 3:1; 4:1; 6:20; 2Ti 1:8


2Co 1:1; Col 1:1; 2Th 1:1

Philemon.The apostle in this epistle indulges in some fine paronomasais on the proper names. Thus Philemon, [Philemon ,] affectionate, or beloved, is "our dearly beloved;" Apphia, ([Apphia from appha,] the affectionate address of a brother or sister, according to Suidas,) is "the beloved sister," as several MSS., Vulgate, and others correctly read; Archippus, ([Archippos ,] the ruler of the horse, for the managing of which heros were anciently famous,) is "our fellow- soldier;" and Onesimus, ([Onesimos ,] useful or profitable,) once unprofitable, is now profitable.

and fellow labourer.

24; 1Co 3:9; Php 2:25; 4:3; Col 4:11; 1Th 3:2
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