I 1appeal to you for my 2child 3Onesimus, 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 4imprisonment for the gospel;
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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.
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For perhaps 6he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,
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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.
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If then you regard me a 10partner, 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;
11I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (12not 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; 13refresh my heart in Christ.
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14Having 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 15lodging, for 16I hope that through 17your prayers 18I will be given to you.
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19Epaphras, my 20fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
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as do 21Mark, 22Aristarchus, 23Demas, 24Luke, my 25fellow workers.
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26The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be 27with your spirit.
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