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Philemon 1:10-25 (New American Standard)

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Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

10 I 1appeal to you for my 2child a3Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bimprisonment, 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 c4imprisonment for the gospel; 14 but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would 5not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will. 15 For perhaps 6he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, 16 7no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, 8a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both 9in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 If then you regard me a 10partner, accept him as you would me. 18 But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; 19 11I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (12not to dmention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well ). 20 Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; 13refresh my heart in Christ. 21 14Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say. 22 At the same time also prepare me a 15lodging, for 16I hope that through 17your prayers 18I will be given to you. 23 19Epaphras, my 20fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do 21Mark, 22Aristarchus, 23Demas, 24Luke, my 25fellow workers. 25 26The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be 27with your spirit.e
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