Salutation

2 and to Apphia b6our sister, and to 7Archippus our 8fellow soldier, and to 9the church in your house:
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3 10Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Philemon's Love and Faith

4 11I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
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5 because I 12hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the csaints;
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6 and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective dthrough the 13knowledge of every good thing which is in you efor Christ's sake.
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    • d 1:6 - Or "in"
    • e 1:6 - Lit "toward Christ"
      7 For I have come to have much 14joy and comfort in your love, because the fhearts of the gsaints have been 15refreshed through you, brother.
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        • f 1:7 - Lit "inward parts"
        • g 1:7 - Or "holy ones"
          8 Therefore, 16though I have henough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 17proper,
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          9 yet for love's sake I rather 18appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, i the 19 aged, and now also20 a prisoner of 21 Christ Jesus -
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          Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

          10 I 22appeal to you for my 23child j24Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my kimprisonment,
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          11 who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.
          12 I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart,
          13 whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my l25imprisonment for the gospel;
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          14 but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would 26not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.
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          15 For perhaps 27he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,
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          16 28no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, 29a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both 30in the flesh and in the Lord.
          17 If then you regard me a 31partner, accept him as you would me.
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          18 But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account;
          19 32I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (33not to mmention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well ).
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          20 Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; 34refresh my heart in Christ.
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          21 35Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.
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          22 At the same time also prepare me a 36lodging, for 37I hope that through 38your prayers 39I will be given to you.
          25 47The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be 48with your spirit.n
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            • n 1:25 - One early ms adds "Amen"