Philemon 1:4-14 NAS

Philemon's Love and Faith

4 1I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,

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5 because I 2hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the asaints;

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6 and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective bthrough the 3knowledge of every good thing which is in you cfor 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 4joy and comfort in your love, because the dhearts of the esaints have been 5refreshed through you, brother.

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        • f 1:7 - Lit "inward parts"
        • g 1:7 - Or "holy ones"
          8 Therefore, 6though I have fenough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 7proper,

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          9 yet for love's sake I rather 8appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, g the 9 aged, and now also10 a prisoner of 11 Christ Jesus -

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          Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

          10 I 12appeal to you for my 13child h14Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my iimprisonment,

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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,
              13 whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my j15imprisonment for the gospel;

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              14 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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