1I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
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because I 2hear 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 3knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.
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For I have come to have much 4joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been 5refreshed through you, brother.
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Therefore, 6though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 7proper,
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yet for love's sake I rather 8appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, the 9 aged, and now also10 a prisoner of 11 Christ Jesus -
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I 12appeal to you for my 13child 14Onesimus, 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 15imprisonment for the gospel;
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but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would 16not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.
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