Philemon 1:6
New International Version
I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.

New Living Translation
And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.

English Standard Version
and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

Berean Study Bible
I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every good thing that is ours in Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
so that the fellowship of your faith might become effective in the acknowledgment of every good thing that is in you toward Christ.

King James Bible
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

New King James Version
that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for the sake of Christ.

NASB 1995
and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

NASB 1977
and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

Amplified Bible
I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ.

Christian Standard Bible
I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.

American Standard Version
that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That the sharing of your faith would produce fruit in works and in the knowledge of every good thing which you have in Yeshua The Messiah.

Contemporary English Version
As you share your faith with others, I pray they may come to know all the blessings Christ has given us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That the communication of thy faith may be made evident in the acknowledgment of every good work, that is in you in Christ Jesus.

English Revised Version
that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.

Good News Translation
My prayer is that our fellowship with you as believers will bring about a deeper understanding of every blessing which we have in our life in union with Christ.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As you share the faith you have in common with others, I pray that you may come to have a complete knowledge of every blessing we have in Christ.

International Standard Version
I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every blessing that is ours in the Messiah.

Literal Standard Version
that the fellowship of your faith may become working in the full knowledge of every good thing that [is] in you toward Christ Jesus;

NET Bible
I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ.

New Heart English Bible
that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you in Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
praying as I do, that their participation in your faith may result in others fully recognizing all the right affection that is in us toward Christ.

World English Bible
that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
that the fellowship of thy faith may become working in the full knowledge of every good thing that is in you toward Christ Jesus;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Philemon's Faith and Love
5because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. 6I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every good thing that is ours in Christ. 7I take great joy and encouragement in your love, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:9
because a great door for effective work has opened to me, even though many oppose me.

Philippians 1:9
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.


Treasury of Scripture

That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

the communication.

2 Corinthians 9:12-14
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; …

Philippians 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; …

Titus 3:14
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

the acknowledging.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

1 Corinthians 14:25
And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

in you.

2 Peter 1:8
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.









(6) That the communication of thy faith . . .--The general idea of St. Paul's prayer for Philemon is clear--that his "faith may become effectual," i.e., energetic and perfected, "in full knowledge." This is exactly the prayer which, in different forms and degrees of emphasis, opens all the Epistles of the Captivity. (See Ephesians 1:17; Philippians 1:9; Colossians 1:9.) It describes the true order of Christian life, so fully and beautifully drawn out in Ephesians 3:17-19, beginning in faith, deepened by love, and so growing to knowledge.

But it may be asked, "Why the communication of thy faith?" (1) The phrase is unique, but the word rendered "communication" is the well-known word generally rendered "communion," or "fellowship," except where (as in Romans 15:26; 2Corinthians 8:4; 2Corinthians 9:13; Hebrews 13:16) it is used technically and derivatively of "the communication" of almsgiving. The phrase, therefore, should probably be rendered the "communion of thy faith," i.e., "thy fellowship in faith." (2) But, again, the question arises, "With whom is this fellowship? With God or man?" The answer probably is, "With both." Perhaps for growth in divine knowledge the communion need only be with God. But we observe that the knowledge is not merely "of every good thing," i.e., of all that is of God, but of "every good thing which is in you (or, better, in us) towards Christ Jesus." It is, therefore, the knowledge of good--that is, of God's gift--as dwelling in man by the unity which binds all to Christ Jesus. (3) Now for knowledge of this, fellowship with man is needed, as well as fellowship with God. The soul which dwells alone with God, even in the holiest seclusion, knows what is good in the abstract, but not what is good in man in the concrete reality. But Philemon's house was a centre of Christian life. St. Paul might, therefore, well speak of this his two-fold "fellowship in faith," and pray that it might grow into full knowledge at once of God and of man as in Him. (4) That all such growth must be "towards Christ Jesus," dependent on unity with Him and serving to deepen such unity, is the characteristic doctrine of all this group of Epistles, especially of the Colossian Epistle, of which Onesimus was one of the bearers. . . .

Verse 6. - Render thus: So that the community of thy faith [with other Christians, whom you may be able to serve] may show itself in act, causing full acknowledgment [from the world without] of every good work for Jesus Christ that is in you (Revised Version is not clear here); literally, may become working. Not a theoretical or merely quiescent faith. He was to confess Christ before men (and see James 2:22). "For whatever good thing is in us makes manifest our faith" (Calvin). In you. Bishop Wordsworth reads ἡμῖν, "us" - the body of Christians, following A, C, D, E, K, L, with many Fathers and versions.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[I pray] that
ὅπως (hopōs)
Conjunction
Strong's 3704: From hos and pos; what(-ever) how, i.e. In the manner that (as adverb or conjunction of coincidence, intentional or actual).

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

partnership
κοινωνία (koinōnia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2842: From koinonos; partnership, i.e. participation, or intercourse, or benefaction.

in the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

faith
πίστεώς (pisteōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

may become
γένηται (genētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

effective
ἐνεργὴς (energēs)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1756: Effective, productive of due result, at work. From en and ergon; active, operative.

as
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

you fully acknowledge
ἐπιγνώσει (epignōsei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1922: From epiginosko; recognition, i.e. full discernment, acknowledgement.

every
παντὸς (pantos)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

good [thing]
ἀγαθοῦ (agathou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 18: A primary word; 'good'.

that [is]
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

ours
ἡμῖν (hēmin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

in
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

Christ.
Χριστόν (Christon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.


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