Therefore, (A)though I have [a]enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is (B)proper, yet for love’s sake I rather (C)appeal to you—since I am such a person as Paul, [b]the (D)aged, and now also (E)a prisoner of (F)Christ Jesus—

Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

10 I (G)appeal to you for my (H)child [c](I)Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my [d]imprisonment, 11 who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12 I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, 13 whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my [e](J)imprisonment for the gospel; 14 but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would (K)not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will. 15 For perhaps (L)he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, 16 (M)no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, (N)a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both (O)in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 If then you regard me a (P)partner, accept him as you would me.

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  1. Philemon 1:8 Lit much
  2. Philemon 1:9 Or an ambassador
  3. Philemon 1:10 I.e. useful
  4. Philemon 1:10 Lit bonds
  5. Philemon 1:13 Lit bonds