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Philemon 1-3 The Passion Translation (TPT)

1–2 From Paul, a prisoner[a] of the Anointed One, Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon,[b] our precious friend and companion in this work, and to the church that meets in his house, along with our dear sister Apphia and our fellow soldier Archippus.[c]

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ pour out his grace and peace upon you.


  1. Philemon 1:1 In other letters from Paul, he describes himself as an apostle, but here, writing to his dear friend, there is no need to remind Philemon of his apostleship.
  2. Philemon 1:1 Philemon means “affectionate” and is derived from the Greek word philema, which means “kiss.”
  3. Philemon 1:1 Apphia means “fruitful one” and is believed to be the name of Philemon’s wife. Archippus means “master of the horse” and was possibly their son’s name. See also Col. 4:17.
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