Phm 1:1. Παῦλος, Paul) A familiar and exceedingly courteous (ἁστεῖος, urbane) epistle, concerning a private affair, is inserted among the books of the New Testament, intended to afford a specimen of the highest wisdom, as to the manner in which Christians should manage civil (social) affairs on more exalted principles. Frankius says: The single epistle to Philemon very far surpasses all the wisdom of the world. Præf. N. T. Gr., p. 26, 27.-δέσμιος, a prisoner) and therefore one to whom why should Philemon refuse his request? Phm 1:9.-Τιμόθεος, Timothy) This epistle (Phm 1:22) was written before the second Epistle to Timothy.