11Paul, 2a prisoner of 3ChristJesus, and 4Timothyaour brother, To Philemon our beloved brother and 5fellowworker,
and to Apphiab6our sister, and to 7Archippus our 8fellowsoldier, and to 9the church in your house:
310Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the LordJesusChrist.
411I thank my Godalways, makingmention of you in my prayers,
because I 12hear of your love and of the faithwhich you havetoward the LordJesus and towardall the csaints;
and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may becomeeffectivedthrough the 13knowledge of everygoodthing which is in you efor Christ'ssake.
For I have come to havemuch14joy and comfort in your love, because the fhearts of the gsaints have been 15refreshedthrough you, brother.
8Therefore, 16though I havehenoughconfidence in Christ to order you to do what is 17proper,
yet for love'ssake I rather18appeal to you-since I amsuch a person as Paul, i the 19aged, and nowalso20 a prisoner of 21ChristJesus -
I 22appeal to you for my 23childj24Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my kimprisonment,
who formerly was useless to you, but now is usefulboth to you and to me.
I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart,
13whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my l25imprisonment for the gospel;
but without your consent I did not want to doanything, so that your goodness would 26not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own freewill.
For perhaps27he was for thisreasonseparated from you for a while, that you would have him backforever,
1628nolonger as a slave, but morethan a slave, 29a belovedbrother, especially to me, but howmuchmore to you, both30in the flesh and in the Lord.
17Ifthen you regard me a 31partner, accept him as you would me.
But if he has wronged you in anywayorowes you anything, charge that to my account;
1932I, Paul, am writing this with my ownhand, I will repay it (33not to mmention to you that you owe to me even your ownself as well ).
20Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; 34refresh my heart in Christ.
2135Havingconfidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will doevenmorethanwhat I say.
At the sametimealsoprepare me a 36lodging, for 37I hope that through38your prayers39I will be given to you.
2340Epaphras, my 41fellowprisoner in ChristJesus, greets you,
as do 42Mark, 43Aristarchus, 44Demas, 45Luke, my 46fellowworkers.
2547The grace of the LordJesusChrist be 48with your spirit.n