Philemon

UNTO PHILEMON

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    1 Paul, prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy the brother, to Philēmōn the beloved and our fellow- worker, 2 and to Apphia the sister, and to Archippus our :fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy house: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    4 I thank my :God always making mention of thee in my :prayers, 5 hearing of thy :love and the faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; 6 so that the fellowship of thy :faith may become effectual, in knowledge of every good that is in us, toward Christ Jesus. 7 For much joy I had and comfort over thy :love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee, brother. 8 Wherefore, though having much boldness in Christ to enjoin thee what is befitting, 9 for :love’s sake I rather beseech, being such as Paul, an old man and now also prisoner of Christ Jesus:—10 I beseech thee for my :child, whom I have begotten in my :bonds, †Onesimus, 11 once :unprofitable to thee, but now profitable to thee and to me: 12 whom I have sent back to thee himself, that is, my very :heart, 13 whom I would fain keep with me, that in thy behalf he minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel: 14 but without thy :mind I wished to do nothing; that thy :goodness be not as of necessity, but of free will. 15 For perhaps he was therefore parted from thee for an hour, that thou shouldest have him †forever; 16 no longer as bondman, but more than bondman, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much rather to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 If therefore thou hast me for partner, receive him as myself. 18 If, therefore, he wronged thee aught or oweth, charge this to me; 19 I Paul write with my :hand, I will repay: that I tell thee not that thou owest me besides even thine own self. 20 Yea, brother, let me have help of thee in the Lord: refresh my †:heart in Christ.

    21 Trusting thine :obedience I write thee, knowing that thou wilt do even beyond what I say. 22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I hope that through your :prayers I shall be granted you.

    23 My :fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus Epaphras greet eth thee;
    24 so doth Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my :fellow-workers.
    25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your :spirit.

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