The Letter of Paul to
1•1Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy [our] brother,
To Philemon our beloved one and fellow worker •2and to Apphia [our] sister and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
•3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
•4I thank my God always when I make mention of you in my prayers, •5since I hear of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints. •6[I pray] that the sharing of your faith may become effective in the knowledge of every good thing that is in us1 for Christ. •7For I had much joy and comfort from your love because the hearts2 of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
•8That is why, although I have [so] much boldness in Christ to command you [to do] the proper thing, •9[yet] because of love I rather appeal [to you]--since I am such a one as Paul an old [man] and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus--•10I appeal to you about my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment. •11(He [was] once useless to you, but now [he is] useful3 both to you and to me.) •12I have sent him back to you, [yes], him, this one who is my [very] heart.2 •13I was wanting to keep him with me, so that on your behalf he might be serving me in [my] imprisonment for the gospel. •14But without your consent I wished to do nothing, so that your goodness might not be as a result of necessity but as a result of a voluntary act.
•15For perhaps he was separated from you for an hour for this [reason]: so that you might have him back eternally--•16no longer as a slave but more than a slave, [as] a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
•17Therefore, if you consider me as a partner, receive him as [you would] me. •18And if he has wronged you [in] anything, or owes [you anything], charge this to my account. •19I, Paul, have written with my [own] hand, I will pay_______________
the damages, so that I might not say to you that you even owe yourself to me besides. •20Yes, brother, I would have [some] benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart2 in Christ.
•21Since I have confidence in your obedience, I have written to you, knowing that you will do even more than what I say. •22But at the same time also, start preparing a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.
•23Epaphras, my fellow captive in Christ Jesus, greets you, •24[and so do] Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, [and] Luke, my fellow workers.
•25The grace of the4 Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit.5_______________