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Philemon 1:3-13 (New American Standard)

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3 1Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon's Love and Faith

4 2I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5 because I 3hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the asaints; 6 and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective bthrough the 4knowledge of every good thing which is in you cfor Christ's sake. 7 For I have come to have much 5joy and comfort in your love, because the dhearts of the esaints have been 6refreshed through you, brother. 8 Therefore, 7though I have fenough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 8proper, 9 yet for love's sake I rather 9appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, g the 10 aged, and now also11 a prisoner of 12 Christ Jesus -

Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

10 I 13appeal to you for my 14child h15Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my iimprisonment, 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 j16imprisonment for the gospel;
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