Epistle to Philemon

New Testament / Epistle to Philemon

1-3 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer, and to our beloved Apphia, and Archippu our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4-7 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints, that the communication of your faith may become effective by acknowledging every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

8-11 Therefore, though I might be extremely bold in Christ to command you that which is fitting, yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. I appeal to you for the sake of my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my bonds, who in time past was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me:

12-14 Whom I am sending again. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I would have stayed with me, that in your stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel. But without your consent I would do nothing, that your good deed should not be as it were out of necessity, but willingly.

15-16 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him forever, no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17-20 Therefore, if you count me as a partner, receive him as myself. If he has wronged you, or owes you anything, put that on my account. I Paul have written with my own hand. I will repay it, not to mention that you owe me even your own self besides. Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.

21-22 Having confidence in your obedience I wrote to you, knowing that you will also do more than I say. But meanwhile, can you prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.

23-24 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow laborers.

25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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