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Philemon Chapter 1

Philemon 1:6
1:6 That the {a} communication of thy faith may become effectual
    by the {b} acknowledging of every good thing which is in you
    in Christ Jesus.

    (a) By fellowship of faith, he means those duties of charity
        which are given to the saints, and flow from a
        productive faith.
    (b) That by this means all men may perceive how rich you are
        in Christ, that is, in faith, charity, and all

Philemon 1:7
1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because
    the (c) bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

    (c) Because you did so dutifully and cheerfully refresh the
        saints, that they conceived inwardly a marvellous joy:
        for by this word (bowels) is meant not only the inward
        feeling of wants and miseries that men have of one
        another's state, but also that joy and comfort which
        enters into the very bowels, as though the heart were
        refreshed and comforted.

Philemon 1:9
1:9 {1} Yet for love's sake I rather beseech [thee], being such
     an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus

 (1) An example of a Christian exercise and commendation for
     another man.

Philemon 1:12
1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that
     is, mine own {d} bowels:

     (d) As my own son, and as if I had begotten him from my own

Philemon 1:14
1:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit
     should not be as it were of {e} necessity, but willingly.

     (e) That you might not seem to have lent me your servant on
         constraint, but willingly.

Philemon 1:15
1:15 For perhaps he therefore {f} departed for {g} a season,
     that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

     (f) He uses a more gentle type of speech, but in reality,
         he ran away.
     (g) For a little time.

Philemon 1:16
1:16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother
     beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both
     in the {h} flesh, and in the Lord?

     (h) Because he is your servant, as other servants are, and
         because he is the Lord's servant, you must love him
         both for the Lord's sake and for your own sake.

Philemon 1:20
1:20 {i} Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord:
     refresh my bowels in the Lord.

     (i) Good brother let me obtain this benefit at your hand.

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