Philemon 1
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Greetings from Paul and Timothy
(Philippians 1:1–2; Colossians 1:1–2)

1Paul a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy a brother, to Philemon our beloved brother and fellow-laborer, and to the beloved Apphia, 2and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thine house, 3grace and peace be to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon’s Faith and Love

4I thank my God always making mention of thee in my prayers, 5(hearing of the faith which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and of thy love to all the saints,) 6that the communication of thy faith may become effectual in the acknowledgement of all the good that is in you towards Christ Jesus: 7for we have much joy and comfort in thy love, because by thee, dear brother, the bowels of the saints are refreshed.

Paul’s Appeal for Onesimus

8Wherefore though I have sufficient authority in Christ to enjoin thee what is meet, 9I would rather intreat thee out of love to me, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner too for the sake of Jesus Christ.

10I intreat thee then for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds, 11who was formerly unprofitable to thee, but now profitable both to thee and to me; whom I have sent back to thee: 12him therefore, as my own bowels, do thou receive. 13Whom I would gladly have kept with me, that he might have ministered unto me as thou wouldst have done, in the bonds of the gospel. 14But I would do nothing without thy knowledge, that thy kindness might not be as it were forced, but voluntary. 15For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that thou mightest receive him for ever: 16not now as a servant, but above a servant, a dear brother, especially to me, and how much more to thee both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17If therefore thou accountest me a friend, receive him as thou wouldst receive me. 18If he hath wronged thee in any thing, or is indebted to thee, place it to my accompt: 19I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will pay it: not to say that thou indeed owest even thy own self to me. 20Yea, my brother, let me enjoy this satisfaction from thee in the Lord: and thus refresh my bowels in the Lord.

21Being fully persuaded of thy compliance, I have written to thee; knowing that thou wilt indeed do more than I ask.

22But I must add, prepare me also a lodging; for I hope that through your prayers I shall be restored to you.

Additional Greetings

23Epaphras my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, and Marcus, 24Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke my fellow-laborers, salute thee.

25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Worsley's New Testament (1770)

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Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible.

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