Philemon 1:15
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New International Version
Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever--


New American Standard Bible
For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,


King James Bible
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;


Holman Christian Standard Bible
For perhaps this is why he was separated from you for a brief time, so that you might get him back permanently,


International Standard Version
Perhaps this is why he was separated from you for a while, so that you could have him back forever,


American Standard Version
For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;


Douay-Rheims Bible
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season from thee, that thou mightest receive him again for ever:


Darby Bible Translation
for perhaps for this reason he has been separated from thee for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;


Young's Literal Translation
for perhaps because of this he did depart for an hour, that age-duringly thou mayest have him,
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Context
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus

8Why, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin you that which is convenient, 9Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 11Which in time past was to you unprofitable, but now profitable to you and to me: 12Whom I have sent again: you therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels: 13Whom I would have retained with me, that in your stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel: 14But without your mind would I do nothing; that your benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. 15For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him for ever; 16Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? 17If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. 18If he has wronged you, or owes you ought, put that on my account; 19I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to you how you owe to me even your own self besides. 20Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord. 21Having confidence in your obedience I wrote to you, knowing that you will also do more than I say. 22But with prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given to you.
Cross References
Genesis 45:5
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here: for God did send me before you to preserve life.


Genesis 45:8
So now it was not you that sent me here, but God: and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.


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