1 Paul[a], a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved one and fellow-worker, 2 and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church at your house: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I Thank God For Your Love, And Pray That Your Faith May Become Effective
4 I am giving-thanks to my God always while[b] making mention of you in my prayers, 5 hearing-of your love and the faith[c] which you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6 so that the fellowship[d]of[e] your faith may become effective[f] in[g]the knowledge of every good thing in us for Christ. 7 For I had much joy and encouragement in your love, because the deep-feelings of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
I Appeal To You For Onesimus, Your Slave And Our Beloved Brother
8 Therefore, [although] having much boldness in Christ to be commanding you to do the fitting thing, 9 for the sake of love I am rather appealing— being such a one as Paul, an old-man[h], and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus. 10 I am appealing to you concerning my child whom I fathered in my imprisonment, Onesimus, 11 the one formerly useless[i]to you but now useful both to you and to me, 12 whom I sent-back to you (him! That is, my own deep-feelings[j]!), 13 whom I was wishing to hold-back with myself in order that on behalf of you he might be serving me in my imprisonment for the good-news. 14 But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, in order that your good deed should not be as-if based-on[k] compulsion[l], but based-on willingness[m]. 15 For perhaps for this reason he was separated for an hour: in order that you might receive him in full forever, 16 no longer as a slave, but beyond a slave, a beloved brother— especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord!
Accept Him As Me, And Charge His Debts To My Account
17 Therefore if you hold me as a partner, accept him as me. 18 And if as to anything he wronged[n] you or owes you, charge this to my account— 19 I, Paul, wrote this with my own hand, I will repay— in order that I may not be saying to you that you indeed owe[o] yourself to me! 20 Yes, brother, may I profit[p]from you in the Lord. Refresh my deep-feelings in Christ.
I Have Confidence In Your Response, And Hope To See You Soon
21 I wrote to you having confidence in your obedience, knowing that you will do even beyond the things which I am saying. 22 And at the same time also, prepare lodging for me, for I hope that through your prayers I shall be granted to you. 23 Epaphras, my fellow-captive in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Philemon 1:19In other words, I will repay any debt of his so that the issue does not arise, because if you hold Onesimus responsible for any debt to you, I will be forced to speak to you about the even greater debt you owe to me.
Philemon 1:20Or, may I be favored by you; may I benefit from you.
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