Philemon 1 ESV

Greeting

1 Paul, 1a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and 2Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker

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      2 and Apphia our sister and 3Archippus our 4fellow soldier, and 5the church in your house:

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      3 6Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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      Philemon's Love and Faith

      4 7I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,

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      5 because I 8hear of your love and 9of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,

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      6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full 10knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.a

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        • a 1:6 - Or for Christ's service
          7 For I have derived much joy and 11comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints 12have been refreshed through you.

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          Paul's Plea for Onesimus

          8 Accordingly, 13though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do 14what is required,

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          9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you--I, Paul, an old man and now 15a prisoner also for Christ Jesus--

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            • 15 1:9 - ver. 1
              10 I appeal to you for 16my child, 17Onesimus,b18whose father I became in my imprisonment.

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                • b 1:10 - Onesimus means useful (see verse 11) or beneficial (see verse 20)
                  11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)
                  12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.
                  13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me 19on your behalf 20during my imprisonment for the gospel,

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                      14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be 21by compulsion but of your own accord.

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                      15 For this perhaps is why 22he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,

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                      16 23no longer as a slavec but more than a slave, as 24a beloved brother--especially to me, but how much more to you, 25both in the flesh and in the Lord.

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                        • c 1:16 - Greek bondservant; twice in this verse
                          17 So if you consider me 26your partner, receive him as you would receive me.

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                          18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
                          19 27I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it--to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.

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                          20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. 28Refresh my heart in Christ.

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                            • 28 1:20 - See ver. 7
                              21 29Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

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                              22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for 30I am hoping that 31through your prayers 32I will be graciously given to you.

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                              Final Greetings

                              23 33Epaphras, my 34fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,

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                              24 and so do 35Mark, 36Aristarchus, 37Demas, and 38Luke, my fellow workers.

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                              25 39The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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