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Philemon 1:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
New American Standard Bible (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.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ [Jesus].
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— To the end that, the fellowship of thy faith, may become, energetic, by a personal knowledge of every good thing that is in us towards Christ;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— that the fellowship of thy faith may become working in the full knowledge of every good thing that [is] in you toward Christ Jesus;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That the communication of thy faith may be made evident in the acknowledgment of every good work that is in you in Christ Jesus.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— That the communication of thy faith may become effectuall by the acknowledging of euery good thing, which is in you in Christ Iesus.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— (I have prayed) that there may be communication of thy faith (in) yielding fruits, in works and in the (manifestation of the) knowledge of all good which thou hast in Jeshu Meshiha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— that there may be a fellowship of thy faith, yielding fruits in works, and in the knowledge of all the good things ye possess in Jesus the Messiah.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
That 3704
{3704} Prime
ὅπως
hopos
{hop'-oce}
From G3739 and G4459; what (-ever) how, that is, in the manner that (as adverb or conjugation of coincidence, intentional or actual).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
communication 2842
{2842} Prime
κοινωνία
koinonia
{koy-nohn-ee'-ah}
From G2844; partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction.
of thy 4675
{4675} Prime
σοῦ
sou
{soo}
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
faith 4102
{4102} Prime
πίστις
pistis
{pis'-tis}
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself.
may become 1096
{1096} Prime
γίνομαι
ginomai
{ghin'-om-ahee}
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
z5638
<5638> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 66
effectual 1756
{1756} Prime
ἐνεργής
energes
{en-er-gace'}
From G1722 and G2041; active, operative.
by 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
the acknowledging 1922
{1922} Prime
ἐπίγνωσις
epignosis
{ep-ig'-no-sis}
From G1921; recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement.
of every 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
good thing 18
{0018} Prime
ἀγαθός
agathos
{ag-ath-os'}
A primary word; 'good' (in any sense, often as noun).
which 3588
{3588} Prime

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
is in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
you 5213
{5213} Prime
ὑμῖν
humin
{hoo-min'}
Irregular dative case of G5210; to (with or by) you.
in 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
Χριστός
Christos
{khris-tos'}
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
Jesus. 2424
{2424} Prime
Ἰησοῦς
Iesous
{ee-ay-sooce'}
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Philemon 1:6

_ _ That — The aim of my thanksgiving and prayers for thee is, in order that the, etc.

_ _ the communication of thy faiththe imparting of it and its fruits (namely, acts of love and beneficence: as Hebrews 13:16, “to communicate,” that is, to impart a share) to others; or, the liberality to others flowing from thy faith (so the Greek is translated, “liberal distribution,” 2 Corinthians 9:13).

_ _ effectual byGreek, “in”; the element in which his liberality had place, that is, may be proved by acts in, etc.

_ _ acknowledgingGreek, “the thorough knowledge,” that is, the experimental or practical recognition.

_ _ of every good thing which is in you — The oldest manuscripts read, “which is in US,” that is, the practical recognition of every grace which is in us Christians, in so far as we realize the Christian character. In short, that thy faith may by acts be proved to be “a faith which worketh by love.”

_ _ in Christ Jesus — rather as Greek,unto Christ Jesus,” that is, to the glory of Christ Jesus. Two of the oldest manuscripts omit “Jesus.” This verse answers to Philemon 1:5, “thy love and faith toward all saints”; Paul never ceases to mention him in his prayers, in order that his faith may still further show its power in his relation to others, by exhibiting every grace which is in Christians to the glory of Christ. Thus he paves the way for the request in behalf of Onesimus.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Philemon 1:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Philemon 1:6

I pray that the communication of thy faith may become effectual — That is, that thy faith may be effectually communicated to others, who see and acknowledge thy piety and charity.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Philemon 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 bountifulness.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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; ... And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment; ... Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Titus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Hebrews 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
James 2:14 What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

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.
1 Peter 1:5-8 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. ... Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

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.
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Mt 5:16. 1Co 14:25. 2Co 9:12. Php 1:9; 4:8. Tit 3:14. He 6:10. Jm 2:14, 17. 1P 1:5; 2:12; 3:1, 16. 2P 1:8.

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