Philemon 1
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1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker--1Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
2also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier--and to the church that meets in your home:2And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,4I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
5because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.5Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
6I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.6That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
7Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people.7For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
8Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,8Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
9yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--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.
10that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.10I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.11Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
12I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.12Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
13I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel.13Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
14But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary.14But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
15Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever--15For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
16no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.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?
17So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.17If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
18If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.18If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back--not to mention that you owe me your very self.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.
20I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.20Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
21Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.21Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
22And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.22But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.23There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
24And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.24Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
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