I appeal to you for my son1 Onesimus,a2 who became my son while I was in chains.311
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.
I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains4 for the gospel.
But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.515
Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good--
no longer as a slave,6 but better than a slave, as a dear brother.7 He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
So if you consider me a partner,8 welcome him as you would welcome me.
If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.9