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 1imprisonment for the gospel;
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but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would 2not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.
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For perhaps 3he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,
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4no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, 5a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both 6in the flesh and in the Lord.
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If then you regard me a 7partner, 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;
8I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (9not 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; 10refresh my heart in Christ.
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11Having 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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