and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the 1knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.
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For I have come to have much 2joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been 3refreshed through you, brother.
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Therefore, 4though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is 5proper,
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yet for love's sake I rather 6appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, the 7 aged, and now also8 a prisoner of 9 Christ Jesus -
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I 10appeal to you for my 11child 12Onesimus, 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 13imprisonment for the gospel;
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but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would 14not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.
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For perhaps 15he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,
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16no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, 17a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both 18in the flesh and in the Lord.
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