Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentPhilemon 1:10
- For my child (peri tou emou teknou).
- Tender and affectionate reference to Onesimus as his spiritual child.
- Whom I have begotten in my bonds (on egennhsa en toiv desmoiv).
- First aorist active indicative of gennaw, to beget. See 1 Corinthians 4:15 for this figurative sense. Paul is evidently proud of winning Onesimus to Christ though a prisoner himself.