Philemon 1
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1Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother: To Philemon our dear friend and coworker,
2And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:2to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets in your home.
3Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,4I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers,
5Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;5because I hear of your love for all the saints and the faith that you have in the Lord Jesus.
6That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.6I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.
7For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.7For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
8Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,8For this reason, although I have great boldness in Christ to command you to do what is right,
9Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.9I appeal to you, instead, on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an elderly man and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus,
10I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:10appeal to you for my son, Onesimus. I became his father while I was in chains.
11Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:11Once he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to you and to me.
12Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:12I am sending him back to you--I am sending my very own heart.
13Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:13I wanted to keep him with me, so that in my imprisonment for the gospel he might serve me in your place.
14But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.14But I didn't want to do anything without your consent, so that your good deed might not be out of obligation, but of your own free will.
15For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;15For perhaps this is why he was separated from you for a brief time, so that you might get him back permanently,
16Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?16no longer as a slave, but more than a slave--as a dearly loved brother. He is especially so to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.17So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would me.
18If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;18And if he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
19I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.19I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it--not to mention to you that you owe me even your very self.
20Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.20Yes, brother, may I benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
21Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.21Since I am confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
22But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.22Meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, since I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you.
23There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings, and so do
24Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.24Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my coworkers.
25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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