1Paul, 2a prisoner of 3Christ Jesus, and 4Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved brother and 5fellow worker,
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and to Apphia 6our sister, and to 7Archippus our 8fellow soldier, and to 9the church in your house:
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10Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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11I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
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because I 12hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;
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and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the 13knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.
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For I have come to have much 14joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been 15refreshed through you, brother.
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Therefore, 16though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 17proper,
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yet for love's sake I rather 18appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, the 19 aged, and now also20 a prisoner of 21 Christ Jesus -
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I 22appeal to you for my 23child 24Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,
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who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.
I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart,
whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my 25imprisonment for the gospel;
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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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For perhaps 27he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,
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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.
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If then you regard me a 31partner, accept him as you would me.
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But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account;
32I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (33not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well ).
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Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; 34refresh my heart in Christ.
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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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At the same time also prepare me a 36lodging, for 37I hope that through 38your prayers 39I will be given to you.
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40Epaphras, my 41fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
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as do 42Mark, 43Aristarchus, 44Demas, 45Luke, my 46fellow workers.
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47The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be 48with your spirit.
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