1Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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2I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
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because I 3hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;
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and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the 4knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.
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For I have come to have much 5joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been 6refreshed through you, brother.
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Therefore, 7though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 8proper,
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yet for love's sake I rather 9appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, the 10 aged, and now also11 a prisoner of 12 Christ Jesus -
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I 13appeal to you for my 14child 15Onesimus, 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 16imprisonment for the gospel;
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