Philemon 1
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1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,1From Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our dear friend and colaborer,
2to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:2to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets in your house.
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
4I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,4I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
5hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,5because I hear of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
6that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.6I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ.
7For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.7I have had great joy and encouragement because of your love, for the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
8Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,8So, although I have quite a lot of confidence in Christ and could command you to do what is proper,
9yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ—9I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love--I, Paul, an old man and even now a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus--
10I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,10I am appealing to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I have become during my imprisonment, that is, Onesimus,
11who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.11who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you and me.
12I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,12I have sent him (who is my very heart) back to you.
13whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.13I wanted to keep him so that he could serve me in your place during my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel.
14But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.14However, without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your good deed would not be out of compulsion, but from your own willingness.
15For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,15For perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated from you for a little while, so that you would have him back eternally,
16no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.16no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, as a dear brother. He is especially so to me, and even more so to you now, both humanly speaking and in the Lord.
17If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.17Therefore if you regard me as a partner, accept him as you would me.
18But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.18Now if he has defrauded you of anything or owes you anything, charge what he owes to me.
19I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay—not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.19I, Paul, have written this letter with my own hand: I will repay it. I could also mention that you owe me your very self.
20Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.20Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
21Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.21Since I was confident that you would obey, I wrote to you, because I knew that you would do even more than what I am asking you to do.
22But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.22At the same time also, prepare a place for me to stay, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given back to you.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you.
24as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.24Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my colaborers, greet you too.
25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.25May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
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