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1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy [our] brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow-laborer, 1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker,
2 And to [our] beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy 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, making mention of thee always in my prayers, 4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all saints; 5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. 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 we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
8 Wherefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient. 8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,
9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech [thee], being such one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 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 beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.
11 Who in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee 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 again: thou therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels: 12 I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.
13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of 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 without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. 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 he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldst receive him for ever; 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good--
16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more to thee, 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 thou accountest me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. 17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth [thee] aught, put that on my account; 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.
19 I Paul have written [it] with my own hand, I will repay [it]: although I do not say to thee that thou owest to me even thy own 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, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote to thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22 But at the same time prepare me also a lodging; for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given 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 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus; 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.
24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow-laborers. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.