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Philemon 13-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)

13 I would have preferred to keep him at my side so that he could take your place as my helper during my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel.[a] 14 However, I did not want to make this decision without your consent, so that your act of kindness[b] would not be a matter of obligation but out of willingness.

15 Perhaps you could think of it this way: he was separated from you for a short time so that you could have him back forever.


  1. Philemon 1:13 Or “in the chains of the gospel.” The Aramaic changes the object of the phrase to Onesimus: “I took him to serve me, chained to God’s message, on your behalf.”
  2. Philemon 1:14 By implication, this act of kindness refers to Philemon receiving the fugitive slave back with love and forgiveness.
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