|Philemon 1 |
1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved friend and fellow laborer,
2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
5 Because I hear of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints.
6 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective to the understanding of every good thing that is ours in Christ Jesus.
7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed by you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I could be very bold in Christ, to charge you to do what is fitting,
9 Yet for love's sake I would rather plead with you, as Paul, an old man, and now a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,
11 Who was previously unprofitable to you, but is now profitable to you and to me,
12 Whom I have sent to you again. Therefore receive him, who is from my own heart;
13 Whom I would have liked to retained with me, that, in your place, he might have ministered to me in my chains of imprisonment for the gospel.
14 But without your consent I would do nothing, so that your kindness would not be the result of pressure, but by choice.
15 For perhaps he was separated from you for awhile, so that you might have him back forever,
16 No longer as a slave, but above a slave, as a beloved brother, especially dear to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord.
17 Therefore if you count me a partner, receive him as if he were me.
18 If he has wronged you, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
19 I, Paul, have written this with my own hand, I will repay it; not to mention to you that you owe me your own self besides.
20 Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
21 I write to you, having confidence in your obedience, knowing that you will do more than I say.
22 But meanwhile, also prepare me a guest room, because I trust that through your prayers I will be given to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, salutes you,
24 Also, Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow laborers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.