Paul, (A)a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and (B)Timothy our brother,

To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and (C)Archippus our (D)fellow soldier, and (E)the church in your house:

(F)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon's Love and Faith

(G)I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I (H)hear of your love and (I)of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full (J)knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.[a] For I have derived much joy and (K)comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints (L)have been refreshed through you.

Paul's Plea for Onesimus

Accordingly, (M)though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do (N)what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now (O)a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for (P)my child, (Q)Onesimus,[b] (R)whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me (S)on your behalf (T)during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be (U)by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why (V)he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 (W)no longer as a bondservant[c] but more than a bondservant, as (X)a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, (Y)both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me (Z)your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 (AA)I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. (AB)Refresh my heart in Christ.

21 (AC)Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for (AD)I am hoping that (AE)through your prayers (AF)I will be graciously given to you.

Final Greetings

23 (AG)Epaphras, my (AH)fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24 and so do (AI)Mark, (AJ)Aristarchus, (AK)Demas, and (AL)Luke, my fellow workers.

25 (AM)The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

The Supremacy of God's Son

Long ago, at many times and (AN)in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but (AO)in these last days (AP)he has spoken to us by (AQ)his Son, whom he appointed (AR)the heir of all things, (AS)through whom also he created (AT)the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and (AU)the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. (AV)After making purification for sins, (AW)he sat down (AX)at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name (AY)he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

(AZ)“You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

(BA)“I will be to him a father,
    and he shall be to me a son”?

And again, when he brings (BB)the firstborn into the world, he says,

(BC)“Let all God's angels worship him.”

Of the angels he says,

(BD)“He makes his angels winds,
    and his ministers a flame of fire.”

But of the Son he says,

(BE)“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
    the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, (BF)has anointed you
    with (BG)the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

10 And,

(BH)“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment,
12 like a robe you will roll them up,
    like a garment they will be changed.[d]
But you are (BI)the same,
    and your years will have no end.”

13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,

(BJ)“Sit at my right hand
    (BK)until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits (BL)sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to (BM)inherit salvation?

Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since (BN)the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and (BO)every transgression or disobedience received a just (BP)retribution, (BQ)how shall we escape if we (BR)neglect such a great salvation? It was (BS)declared at first by the Lord, and it was (BT)attested to us (BU)by those who heard, (BV)while God also bore witness (BW)by signs and wonders and various miracles and by (BX)gifts of the Holy Spirit (BY)distributed according to his will.

The Founder of Salvation

For it was not to angels that God subjected the world (BZ)to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere,

(CA)“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
    or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
    you have crowned him with glory and honor,[e]
    putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, (CB)we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him (CC)who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, (CD)crowned with glory and honor (CE)because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might (CF)taste death (CG)for everyone.

10 For it (CH)was fitting that he, (CI)for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons (CJ)to glory, should make the (CK)founder of their salvation (CL)perfect through suffering. 11 For (CM)he who sanctifies and (CN)those who are sanctified (CO)all have one source.[f] That is why he is not ashamed to call them (CP)brothers,[g] 12 saying,

(CQ)“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the (CR)congregation I will sing your praise.”

13 And again,

(CS)“I will put my trust in him.”

And again,

(CT)“Behold, I and the children (CU)God has given me.”

14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise (CV)partook of the same things, that (CW)through death he might (CX)destroy (CY)the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who (CZ)through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he (DA)helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had (DB)to be made like his brothers in every respect, (DC)so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest (DD)in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered (DE)when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Jesus Greater Than Moses

Therefore, holy brothers,[h] you who share in (DF)a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, (DG)the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, (DH)just as Moses also was faithful in all God's[i] house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but (DI)the builder of all things is God.) (DJ)Now Moses was faithful in all God's house (DK)as a servant, (DL)to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as (DM)a son. And (DN)we are his house, if indeed we (DO)hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.[j]

A Rest for the People of God

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

(DP)“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
    and saw my works for (DQ)forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
    they have not known my ways.’
11 (DR)As I swore in my wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from (DS)the living God. 13 But (DT)exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by (DU)the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, (DV)if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

(DW)“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For (DX)who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not (DY)all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, (DZ)whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that (EA)they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that (EB)they were unable to enter because of unbelief.


  1. Philemon 1:6 Or for Christ's service
  2. Philemon 1:10 Onesimus means useful (see verse 11) or beneficial (see verse 20)
  3. Philemon 1:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; twice in this verse
  4. Hebrews 1:12 Some manuscripts omit like a garment
  5. Hebrews 2:7 Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands
  6. Hebrews 2:11 Greek all are of one
  7. Hebrews 2:11 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 12
  8. Hebrews 3:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 12
  9. Hebrews 3:2 Greek his; also verses 5, 6
  10. Hebrews 3:6 Some manuscripts insert firm to the end

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