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But I would rather ask you to do it simply because of love. Yes, as someone[a] in jail for Christ, 10 I beg you to help Onesimus![b] He is like a son to me because I led him to Christ here in jail.

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Footnotes

  1. 9 someone: Greek “a messenger” or “an old man.”
  2. 10 Onesimus: In Greek this name means “useful.”

12 Sending Onesimus back to you makes me very sad. 13 I would like to keep him here with me, where he could take your place in helping me while I am here in prison for preaching the good news. 14 But I won’t do anything unless you agree to it first. I want your act of kindness to come from your heart, and not be something you feel forced to do.

15 Perhaps Onesimus was taken from you for a little while so that you could have him back for good, 16 but not as a slave. Onesimus is much more than a slave. To me he is a dear friend, but to you he is even more, both as a person and as a follower of the Lord.

17 If you consider me a friend because of Christ, then welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me.

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