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Philemon 1 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our dear friend and fellow worker, 1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker,
2 and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house. 2 to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God, always making mention of you in my prayers, 4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
5 [because I] hear about your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints. 5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
6 [I pray] that the fellowship of your faith may become effective in the knowledge [of] every good [thing] that [is] in us for Christ. 6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
7 For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
8 Therefore, [although I] have great confidence in Christ to order you [to do what] is proper, 8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,
9 instead I appeal to [you] because of love, [since I] am such a one as Paul, now an old man and also a prisoner of Christ Jesus. 9 yet I appeal to you on the basis of love. I then, as Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--
10 I am appealing to you concerning my child whom I became the father of during my imprisonment, Onesimus. 10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.
11 Once he [was] useless to you, but now [he is] useful to you and to me, 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
12 whom I have sent back to you himself, that is, my heart, 12 I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.
13 whom I wanted to keep with me, in order that he might serve me on behalf of you during my imprisonment for the gospel. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel.
14 But apart from your consent, I wanted to do nothing, in order that your good [deed] might be not as according to necessity, but according to [your own] free will. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.
15 For perhaps because of this, he was separated [from you] for a time, in order that you might have him back forever, 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good--
16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
17 If therefore you consider me a partner, receive him as [you would] me. 17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
18 But if in anything he has caused you loss or owes [you anything], {charge this to my account}. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.
19 I, Paul, write [this] with my [own] hand: I will pay it back, lest I mention to you that {you owe me even your very self besides}. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back--not to mention that you owe me your very self.
20 Yes, brother, I ought to have some benefit of you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
21 Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you [because I] know that you will do even beyond what I say. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22 At the same time also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you. 22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.
24 [and so do] Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, [and] Luke, my fellow workers. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.