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]an (D)old man, 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)[c]son [d](I)Onesimus, whom I [e]fathered in my [f]imprisonment, 11 who previously 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 wanted to keep with me, so that in your behalf he might be at my service in my [g](J)imprisonment for the gospel; 14 but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that your goodness would (K)not be, in effect, by compulsion, but of your own free will. 15 For perhaps it was (L)for this reason that he was 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 as 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 Or child
  4. Philemon 1:10 I.e., useful
  5. Philemon 1:10 I.e., led to the Lord
  6. Philemon 1:10 Lit bonds
  7. Philemon 1:13 Lit bonds

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