Philemon 1:2-12 NAS

2 and to Apphia a1our sister, and to 2Archippus our 3fellow soldier, and to 4the church in your house:

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3 5Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Philemon's Love and Faith

4 6I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,

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5 because I 7hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the bsaints;

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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.

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    • d 1:6 - Or "in"
    • e 1:6 - Lit "toward Christ"
      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.

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        • f 1:7 - Lit "inward parts"
        • g 1:7 - Or "holy ones"
          8 Therefore, 11though I have genough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 12proper,

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          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 -

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          Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

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

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            • j 1:10 - I.e. useful
            • k 1:10 - Lit "bonds"
              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,