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Philemon, Chapter 1 (Pauline Epistles)


1Paul, a prisoner{1} of Christ Jesus, and Timothy{2} our brother,{3} to Philemon the beloved and our fellow worker, 2and to Apphia the beloved, and to Archippus{4} our fellow soldier,{5} and to the church in your house:[1]{6}

3Grace and peace to you all[2] from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon’s Love and Faith

4I thank my God,{7} always making mention of you in my prayers,{8} 5hearing of your love and faith which you have in the Lord Jesus,{9} and to all the saints,[3]{10} 6so that[4] the fellowship of your faith may be effective[5] in a full knowledge of every good thing{11} in you for Christ Jesus. 7For we have much joy and encouragement{12} because of[6] your love, such that the hearts[7] of the saints[8] have been refreshed{13} through you, brother.

Paul’s Plea for Onesimus

8Therefore, although I have enough[9] boldness in Christ{14} to command[10] you to do the fitting thing, 9I would rather beseech you out of[11] love; since I am such a person[12] as Paul, an old man,[13] and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.{15} 10I beseech you concerning my child,{16} whom I fathered[14]{17} while I was in bondage,{18}[15] Onesimus,[16]{19} 11then useless to you, but now useful to you and to me, 12whom I sent back to you. Receive even him, this is of my heart,[17] 13whom I resolved with myself to hold, that for you he would minister to me in the bonds of the gospel.{20} 14But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, so that you would be good not by necessity, but by willingness.{21}[18] 15Perhaps for this reason he was separated from you for an hour, that you might have him back eternally, 16no longer as a slave, but beyond a slave, a brother beloved, especially to me, how much more to you both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17If then you have me as a partner,{22} receive him as me. 18And if he wronged you in anything, or owes you, charge that to me:[19]{23} 19I Paul have written this with my own hand,{24} I will repay; that I may not say to you that also indeed you owe yourself to me. 20Yes, brother, may I have help from you in the Lord; refresh my heart[20] in the Lord.{25} 21Having trusted your obedience, I wrote to you, know that you will do even beyond what I say 22And also: Prepare lodging for me. I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.{26}

Final Greetings

23My fellow captive in Christ Jesus,{27} Epaphras,{28} greets you, 24as do my fellow workers Mark,{29} Aristarchus,{30} Demas,{31} and Luke.

25The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be with your spirit. Amen.[21]{32}


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