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Philemon 1 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This letter is from Paul, in prison for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.It is written to Philemon, our much loved co-worker, 1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker,
2 and to our sister Apphia and to Archippus, a fellow soldier of the cross. I am also writing to the church that meets in your house. 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 I always thank God when I pray for you, Philemon, 4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
5 because I keep hearing of your trust in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people. 5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
6 You are generous because of your faith. And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work, for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do 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 I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts 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 That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do, 8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,
9 but because of our love, I prefer just to ask you. So take this as a request from your friend Paul, an old man, now in prison for the sake 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 My plea is that you show kindness to Onesimus. I think of him as my own son because he became a believer as a result of my ministry here in prison. 10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.
11 Onesimus hasn't been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. 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, and with him comes my own heart. 12 I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.
13 I really wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf. 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 I didn't want to do anything without your consent. And I didn't want you to help because you were forced to do it but because you wanted to. 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 Perhaps you could think of it this way: Onesimus ran away for a little while so you could 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 He is no longer just a slave; he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more 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 consider me your partner, give him the same welcome you would give me if I were coming. 17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
18 If he has harmed you in any way or stolen anything from you, charge me for it. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.
19 I, Paul, write this in my own handwriting: "I will repay it." And I won't mention that you owe me your very soul! 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, dear brother, please do me this favor for the Lord's sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
21 I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more! 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22 Please keep a guest room ready for me, for I am hoping that God will answer your prayers and let me return to you soon. 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, sends you his greetings. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.
24 So do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-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.