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Philemon 1:2-12 (New American Standard)

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2 and to Apphia a1our sister, and to 2Archippus our 3fellow soldier, and to 4the church in your house: 3 5Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon's Love and Faith

4 6I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5 because I 7hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the bsaints; 6 and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective cthrough the 8knowledge of every good thing which is in you dfor Christ's sake. 7 For I have come to have much 9joy and comfort in your love, because the ehearts of the fsaints have been 10refreshed through you, brother. 8 Therefore, 11though I have genough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 12proper, 9 yet for love's sake I rather 13appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, h the 14 aged, and now also15 a prisoner of 16 Christ Jesus -

Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

10 I 17appeal to you for my 18child i19Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my jimprisonment, 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,
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