1 prisoner. The letter to Philemon, like that to Ephesus and Colosse, was written during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment. Timothy was with him, though not himself a prisoner. See note on Colossians 1:1. All three letters were probably carried by the same messenger, probably Tychicus (Colossians 4:7-8), along with Onesimus (Colossians 4:9; Philemon 10).