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1 From Paul, a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy - To our friend and fellow worker Philemon, 1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker,
2 and the church that meets in your house, and our sister Apphia, and our fellow soldier Archippus: 2 to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home:
3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 Brother Philemon, every time I pray, I mention you and give thanks to my God. 4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
5 For I hear of your love for all of God's people and the faith you have in the Lord Jesus. 5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
6 My prayer is that our fellowship with you as believers will bring about a deeper understanding of every blessing which we have in our life in union with 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 Your love, dear brother, has brought me great joy and much encouragement! You have cheered the hearts of all of God's people. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
8 For this reason I could be bold enough, as your brother in Christ, to order you to do what should be done. 8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,
9 But because I love you, I make a request instead. I do this even though I am Paul, the ambassador of Christ Jesus, and at present also a prisoner for his sake. 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 So I make a request to you on behalf of Onesimus, who is my own son in Christ; for while in prison I have become his spiritual father. 10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.
11 At one time he was of no use to you, but now he is useful both 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 I am sending him back to you now, and with him goes my heart. 12 I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.
13 I would like to keep him here with me, while I am in prison for the gospel's sake, so that he could help me in your place. 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 However, I do not want to force you to help me; rather, I would like for you to do it of your own free will. So I will not do anything unless you agree. 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 It may be that Onesimus was away from you for a short time so that you might have him back for all time. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good--
16 And now he is not just a slave, but much more than a slave: he is a dear brother in Christ. How much he means to me! And how much more he will mean to you, both as a slave and as a brother 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 So, if you think of me as your partner, welcome him back just as you would welcome me. 17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to my account. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.
19 Here, I will write this with my own hand: [I, Paul, will pay you back.] (I should not have to remind you, of course, that you owe your very self to me.) 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 So, my brother, please do me this favor for the Lord's sake; as a brother in Christ, cheer me up! 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
21 I am sure, as I write this, that you will do what I ask - in fact I know that you will do even more. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22 At the same time, get a room ready for me, because I hope that God will answer the prayers of all of you and give me back 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, who is in prison with me for the sake of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings, 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.
24 and so do my co-workers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.