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Philemon 1:9-19 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.